This one is one of the most original films of the year that will absolutely keep you thinking well past the end of the movie.
Two men arrive on an island to run the lighthouse that is located there. However, there is clearly more going on here than that. It is difficult to go into much more details without spoilers.
The two men are Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) and Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe). Winslow a young man who is running from his past and Wake, an older man who looked as if he were a sea captain. As they worked on the island, both men started to slip into madness.
Willem Dafoe was utterly brilliant in this film. His performance was Oscar worthy and he could absolutely win the award. He handled the difficult lingo of the sailor beautifully and brings a gravitas to this role.
Robert Pattinson perhaps gave his finest performance of his career. Although Dafoe may have been the real standout, Pattinson held his own in every moment with him. I did not even realize that it was Pattinson until the end of the film. He truly lost himself inside this multidimensional character.
Another major aspect of The Lighthouse is how beautiful the film looked. First, of course, the film was shot in black and white and it was amazing to watch. There were so many great images throughout the movie that stands out as artistically as any and the cinematography was wondrous. The second aspect is the fact that this was shot in a way that the picture was more of a square, not full screen and it fit the story great.
Robert Eggers, director of The Witch, brought a visual style to this film unlike many you will see. Eggers has a pretty strong early career so far and this is beautiful.
The film is challenging and does not feel the need to explain every scene that has some ambiguity to it. I love the fact that you can interpret the film in the way you want. And there is some weird stuff going on here. It is a film that you are never sure what is happening, what might have been a character’s delusion instead of reality.
I can see where some people may not like The Lighthouse, but I found it challenging and fascinating. The performances were next level and the technological aspects were beautiful. The Lighthouse is a different type of movie.