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The Light Between Oceans Diverges From the Novel It’s Based on in One Key, Unfortunate Way

Shannon Plumb, wife of Light Between Oceans director Derek Cianfrance, recently published a scathing essay which she blames the drama’s disappointing opening weekend at the box office on early reviews—specifically, those by male critics. The film, which stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz, brought in just under $5 million in its first few days, something Plumb attributes to reviewers such as Variety’s Owen Gleiberman using terms like “weepie,” “chick flick,” and “melodrama” in association with the film.
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