Many on-screen couples have immediate chemistry – perhaps the best known example being one Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio – but whilst they might be the past, Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender are the future.
Fassbender and Vikander star as lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife, Isbel Graysmark. Living off the coast of Western Australia, they rescue a stranded baby and proceed to raise as their own. Year’s later an unexpected encounter puts their family life at risk and they’re faced with a difficult moral dilemma.
Derek Cianfrance guides the film with a sense of style and poignancy in his direction that is moving both in its subject and its landscape.
Fassbender and Vikander give outstanding performances both as individual performers and a duo. From the minute they appear on screen they share a tremendous chemistry – one that allegedly continued after filming finished. Vikander gives yet another Oscar worthy effort, following her terrific performance in The Danish Girl.
The subject is handled delicately and developed very well. This isn’t just a character study of its two protagonists, but a study of human morals, love, family, and even religion.
The Place Beyond The Pines, Cianfrance’s previous work, was criminally overlooked by the Oscars – it’d be outrageous for them to do the same again here.