Director: Robert Eggers
Writers: Max Eggers, Robert Eggers
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman
The Lighthouse is directed by Robert Eggers (director of “The Witch”) and follows Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) and Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe), two lighthouse keepers serving a short-term contract on a remote island and trying to maintain their sanity. It’s hard to say anything more about this movie without spoiling it, so I’ll just jump right into the review.
Let me just say, Robert Pattinson has really evolved as an actor, and gives what is possibly his best performance yet. He starts out by portraying a silent and reserved wickie that slowly comes out of his shell as the movie progresses. Without saying much about his character progression, Pattinson displays a great range of emotions throughout the movie and plays this character perfectly. Speaking of excellent performances, Dafoe is also incredible in this movie as the outgoing and talkative lighthouse keeper Thomas Wake. He can be just as terrifying as he is hilarious. Both he and Pattinson are phenomenal, and their performances as well as the intensity of their interactions played a crucial part in keeping me immersed throughout the movie.
Though the cast was great, it wasn’t the only aspect of the movie that kept me engaged. The costumes, production design, and editing made me feel like I was a part of this movie. Also, the fact that it was filmed in black and white was a very nice touch that made the movie feel like it was set in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. However, the aspect that plays the most important role in the immersion is the haunting soundtrack by Mark Korven (who also composed the soundtrack for “The Witch”). I think the soundtrack fits perfectly well with the themes of the movie, and combined with the other technical aspects discussed above, helps Eggers create a unique experience that will be talked about for years to come.
The Lighthouse is a must-watch movie (in theaters if possible) for people who like watching complex movies and analyzing them afterwards. If you’re looking for a straightforward movie with a clear ending and all questions answered, then this probably isn’t for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I’m definitely going to be reading about and analyzing it for weeks to come.
Star Rating: (8 / 10)
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