If you ask me my favorite marriage scripture, undoubtedly I will tell you that Ephesians 5 is at least one of them. There is no more picturesque outline of what marriage should look like by God’s standards.
While many of us fall short of that type of love in our marriages, or have yet to have seen it demonstrated in the marriages around us, there is one place that we can all sit and see it lived out over a lifetime.
DreamWorks Pictures’ The Light Between Oceans is an emotional roller coaster ride. It is guaranteed to make you smile, cry and reflect on what love is really about and how complex it really is.
Yesterday, the hubs and I got a chance to view an advanced screening of DreamWorks The Light Between Oceans. It was our first date night in our new city.
I must admit that I am normally the person to fall asleep when viewing a movie in theater. Which usually leaves me more likely to be a Netflix kind of girl.
But this movie, a drama about love, divine will, and conflicted morality took me on the highest high and the lowest low. It kept my eyes wide open, waiting to see what happened next and how this would all work out.
The Light Between Oceans
A young veteran who has years in combat behind him, left him wanting to be alone after experiencing so much darkness. He ends up taking an the assignment of manning a lighthouse, Janus Rock, in the middle of the ocean, just off the coast of Western Australia, in solitude.
Captivated by the daughter of the school’s headmaster on the mainland, he quickly falls in love. They find themselves married and living on the island together.
Their dreams of having a family leads them to a moral dilemma when their efforts are unsuccessful and grief begins to set in.
As fate has it, a baby arrives that seems like an answered prayer. It gives, light and life to a darn situation, but ends up creating a moral dilemma. The baby arrived with her deceased father, but there is another side to her arrival.
This movie shows a husband who wants his wife to not hurt, to have what she desires and even possibly needs, and is willing to tilt the scale of his moral compass to do so.
But when things take a turn for the left and it is realized that things can’t stay the way they are, he takes the fall, he covers her, even if it means that he will spend the rest of his years lived out in a jail cell or even death.
A wife’s selfishness, callousness and unwillingness to reason is still not enough to break her husband. But finally she softens her heart, does what is right and it comes full circle.
This is a movie with the likes of The Notebook and Safe Haven, two of my most favorite movies. Movies about love and the joys, hardships, overcoming, selflessness, and many things it takes to truly live it out.
Pages to Picture
Director/ Sreenwriter, Derek Cianfrance, brought the book written by M.L. Stedman to life.
I have not read the book (yet). But, I am now intrigued to see how well he captured the original story.
Fellas, don’t jump to conclusions without first viewing it for yourself. If you are thinking this says “chick flick” all over it pump your brakes.
When I asked hubby what he thought about the movie, he was quoted saying, “it’s deep, it was good, it is the story of the fall of man”.
It’s a movie for men and women alike. A great date night flick that is sure to spark a conversation on the ride home.
Check out the movie trailer below:
DreamWorks The Light Between Oceans opens in U.S. theaters on September 2, 2016.
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