It was the director Alex Garland’s taught sci-fi thriller Ex Machina which turnedAlicia Vikander’scareer around, and in the ensuing years she received an Oscar nod for her work in The Danish Girl and starred in the underrated drama The Light Between Oceans.
Tomb Raider is yet another big challenge for Vikander, since she not only takes on the shoes filled by original franchise star Angela Jolie, but she also has the responsibility of doing justice to adventurer Lara Croft. Millions of gamers and cinephiles are waiting to see if Vikander has the right stuff to pull off the role. One of the many great news is the film is directed by Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian filmmaker who received heaps of praise for his excellent and refreshingly character 2015 disaster feature The Wave.
Click on the media bar to hear Vikander talk about the joys of playing the “bad ass” being known as Lara Croft:
Co-starring Walton Goggins, Tomb Raider opens nationwide March 16.
One of 2016’s most underrated films, The Light Between Oceans centers on Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), a lighthouse keeper who’s married to a free spirited woman named Isabel (Alicia Vikander). The couple live on a remote and windswept island off Australia, and apart from receiving supplies from the main land, they are completely off the grid.
When a lifeboat washes ashore with a baby, Tom and Isabel raise the child on their own, refusing to inform authorities regarding their discovery. Rachel Weisz co-stars in the feature as the person who throws a fateful wrench into their plans.
Based on M.L. Stedman’s novel and directed by Derek Cianfrance (he also penned the screenplay, The Light Between Oceans is a visually breathtaking and oftentimes heartbreaking look at a couple’s enduring love and their desire to raise a family even at their own peril.
The 16 minute featurette “Bringing The Light To Life” is an incisive look at Cianfrance’s creative process and attention to detail. The cast and crew actually lived on the beach that houses the Cape Campbell Lighthouse to give the movie a deeper sense of authenticity. A garden, livestock, and a set were built in the area (the actual lighthouse is still standing), with Cianfrance often letting the cameras roll during the domestic scenes between Fassbender and Vikander. The sequences on the island are actually the strongest aspect of the movie, and most of the “Bringing The Light To Life” featurette showcases those scenes.
The second featurette, “Lighthouse Keeper,” goes into further depth on the history of the Cape Campbell Lighthouse. The disco’s audio commentary between Cianfrance and film studies professor Phil Solomon is also informative. Both men are cinephiles, and there’s a ton of value added comment in their discussion. One of the commentary’s many insights include Cianfrance’s decision to shoot the film in digital. Though he initially wanted to shoot The Light Between Oceans on film, he details how the warm and rich hues of the film were created while shooting on the Arri Alexa.
The Light Between Oceans is now out on Blu-ray and Digital HD.
The Light Between Oceans, a sweeping romantic drama headlined by Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, heads to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on January 24th.
Based on a novel by M.I. Steadman, the story centers a couple (Fassbender, Vikander) who find a baby swept to their shores. Living near a lighthouse on a remote island, the pair hide their discovery from the locals, attempting to raise this child as their own. Rachel Weisz co-stars as the distraught mother who initially believes her child was lost to the sea.
Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance (My Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) crafts his most visually sumptuous film to date, and powered by solid performances, this 130 minute feature is definitely worth a look.
1. “Bringing The Light To Life” – This documentary centers on the production of the film, which was set in Cape Campbell, an isolated area of New Zealand. The meat of the doc centers on the shooting approach Cianfrance utilized in making the film.
2. Audio Commentary – A conversation between director Derek Cianfrance and film studies professor Phil Solomon.
3. “Lighthouse Keeper” – A look at the history of the Cape Campbell Lighthouse. The featurette includes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, as well as inspector/maintainer Rob Sword and lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne.
To check out my review of The Light Between Oceans, please listen to episode 35 of CinemAddicts: