The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★★

Pacing, pacing, pacing. This movie is a masterclass in tight scripts and perfect pacing. More incredibly, the movie takes place largely within a small building with only two characters, yet the time flies by. Each shot serves a purpose, every piece of dialogue adds to the narrative and character development, and the sound design keeps viewers on edge. The movie does not claim to have any answers, nor make any statement. In fact, the whole movie seems to be enigmatic upon the first view. That being said, researching (as Eggers so loves to do) will provide answers to the hellfire you just went through over the course of 2 hours. There is a certain romance between Eggers and his audience in the demand for research after viewing. Eggers as a director places the utmost importance on accuracy in dialogue, set design, even cinematography, that requires extensive research. Having to go through a similar process to discover the answers is a process likely intended by Eggers. In the end, small details become integral to untangling the mystery.
The powerhouse performances of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe lend themselves to the spiral into insanity this movie inevitably devolves into. This is a movie that demands thought.