The Lighthouse Review
What’s It About?
Two lighthouse keepers get sent to a remote location in New England in 1890s, and madness begins to set in.
Who’s In It?
Willem Dafoe (Platoon, The Florida Project, & more recently Motherless Brooklyn)
Robert Pattinson (Twilight, The Lost City Of Z, & more recently The King)
Director: Robert Eggers (The Witch)
After unleashing horrors in New England in the 17th Century with The Witch, director Robert Eggers, has turned his attention to an equally disconcerting setting, based in a lighthouse in 19th Century New England.
Old hand Thomas Wake is sent a new recruit, Thomas Howard, fresh from logging in Canada (or perhaps running from something else?) and the two have the responsibility of looking after a lighthouse on a remote island. As the saltier of the two seadogs, and with plenty more experience and a gammy leg, Wake is charged with looking after the light itself, a hypnotic, alluring almost celestial being, while Howard has drawn the short straw with plenty of grunt work – clearing out the latrines, keeping the motors running, painting the lighthouse from a precarious position. And these roles are clearly delineated despite clear misgivings.
As familiarity, and indeed drink and proximity, breeds contempt, the two hirsute sailors lock horns – ranging from a father/son relationship (sometimes for good, sometimes for ill), angry companionship, enmity, hell even potential lovers – pretty much everything is up in the air as drink takes over and madness sets in.
But when an encounter with a seagull, regarded as inhabiting the souls of lost sailors, goes horribly wrong, and the storms begin to rage, things take a real turn for the worse.
The stunning scenery shot in glorious black and white 35mm, with brilliant writing from Robert & Max Eggers, wonderful imagery and two incredible performances from both Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson result in The Lighthouse being a must-see.
In a Nutshell:
Glorious imagery, fabulous writing and two pitch perfect performances result in The Lighthouse being a must see.
The visuals are incredible
The performances are intense and first rate
It’s a little crazy
The fart joke wears a little thin