The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★½

The Lighthouse is Robert Egger's second feature film and is an isolation horror/drama about two lighthouse keepers. Eggers made the interesting choice of shooting in b&w and also keeping the aspect ratio 1.19:1. The black and white makes the audience understand the gloomy tone of the movie and the aspect ratio makes the audience feel constrained just like the characters. The movie is shot so well, every frame is literally a painting. If portrait of a lady on fire didn't exist, this movie would've been the best shot movie of 2019 by far. But the best part of this movie isn't the weird aspect ratio, or the cinematography, or even the weird fart jokes. It's the performances; Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are both extremely talented actors and the script lets them use both their skills to the maximum. Especially Robert, he has so much range in this role and apparently he held back on rehearsal so that he could surprise audiences and Eggers and it really shows in some of his scenes. He manages to switch his emotions like a lightbulb and his body language does that too. My only problem with the movie is that it can get a bit pretentious and over-the-top at times even when it doesn't need to but for some scenes these over-the-top things work. Overall, as my first viewing of any of Eggers work, I'm excited to see the Witch and his future films such as the Nosferatu remake.


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