The themes of melodramatic journeys are meant to be arduous. In the medium of film, the clinchers that aid in the ability to embrace and appreciate a melodrama are its tone and the acting performances. “The Light Between Oceans” flourishes to accomplish both benchmarks.
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are no strangers to labels of “the next” so-and-so. There is flattery to be compared to Daniel Day-Lewis or Ingrid Bergman, but, at some point, audiences overlook their consummate individuality. After “The Light Between the Oceans,” you won’t be calling Michael or Alicia anyone’s “next” anymore.