The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★★

Robert Eggers, man. What a guy! I loved The VVitch, so you bet I was excited for this one. Finally had the time to do a rewatch, and I am happy to announce that this movie is still a MASTERPIECE. I don’t know how he does this. His films feel like they were made by someone with decades of experience, a director seasoned by the times. In the cinema of madness, this is the mountaintop, an effortlessly complex portrait of male social burdens and metaphysical stigma, with not one frame ever seemingly out of place.

Eggers' old-school, expressionistic in-depth character study is simply perfect from start to finish. The film is quite unique for accentuating and shining light on the male social experience, and taking it so far into the realm of expressionist cinema. The Lighthouse is centered around how society mindlessly ill equips men to find their truth, straining them in an emotional box with no key out. The film deals in part wit how society makes men think of themselves a certain way based on an imposed ‘agreed-on’ definition of ‘manhood’ or what it means to be a man and how they’re taught to be one. It’s a weak justification as an understanding of seeking glory.

A mood masterpiece. its 1 hour and 50 minutes of runtime were stuffed with expressionism, tension, and surreal drama. Not one spare moment. From its direction, to the cinematography, all the way to its performances, I can’t seem to find anything weak about the film. Both Dafoe and Pattinson deliver the performances of their lifetimes. With that in mind, I’m totally confident when I say that this film was snubbed for almost every category at the Academy’s; Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Picture, almost EVERY category, and that’s a rarity in my book. Disappointed but not surprised.

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