The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★

This was so my jam. Dafoe invoking florid and elaborate maritime curses upon Pattinson for the latter’s denial of his epicurean skills with crustaceans may be my new favorite Dafoe. Pattinson is there visually, but every time he opens his mouth you can’t help but compare him to Dafoe, who makes a four course meal out of every line.

Every year a film comes around to remind me how beautiful black and white can be. This is like the best Guy Maddin film that Maddin never made. I also dug the Shining scenario (the film is even referenced visually in a very explicit manner). It’s not so much that being stuck at the lighthouse drives the men mad, as that they were fairly insane already. The Huis Clos-esque purgatory just brings things to a head.

And I should mention, this made me laugh out loud. Repeatedly. Top 10 of the year material.

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