Christian Cortave’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Lighthouse became one of my most anticipated movies of the year once the first trailer debuted back in the summer. As someone who enjoyed The Witch, I was excited to see what Robert Eggers had in store for his second film. I didn't love the aforementioned Witch as much people did but I really admired the originality and certain aspects.
I was able to see The Lighthouse last night with 2 of my friends who love A24 and we all came out loving it! In my honest opinion, I loved The Lighthouse a hell of a lot more than The Witch. The technical aspects of the film is something that deserves a lot of praise; it was in black and white and had a 1.19:1 aspect ratio. It felt like I was watching something from the early 1900's. The atmosphere was very isolated and bleak to the point where the audience can feel like they're actually witnessing Wake and Winslow slowly go insane.
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe give one of their best performances of their entire careers, they were so brilliant. Pattinson continues to be an indie darling and proves that if given the right material, he will give a really good performance. For the people who are still skeptical of him playing Batman, watch this film, Good Time and High Life and your perception (hopefully) could change. Dafoe in my opinion was the MVP of the film as he was very menacing and had great dialogue.
Overall, I really loved The Lighthouse as it's one of the best films of the year. My only real issue was that the pacing dragged a little bit but everything else was absolutely phenomenal. I highly recommend checking it out and I can't wait to see what else Robert Eggers has in store.