George Co’s review published on Letterboxd:
To fully appreciate The Lighthouse, one has to completely throw themselves at this film and trust the filmmaker, Robert Eggers, on what will happen to the characters. Going blindly into this is actually a good idea because then you can try and just immerse yourselves with the state of minds of the leads. Oh and a pro tip, if you want to remotely understand anything in this film, watch with subtitles.
On my second watch, I still couldn’t believe that someone had made this and just how jealous I was of Eggers for creating such a perfect movie. To get as well lead performanecs like that of Dafoe and Pattinson, is generational. I don’t think I’m going to see a performance of that magnitude in quite a while because it feels like such a physically and emotionally exhausting performance. I also noticed a lot of dark humour that wistfully blew right by me on my first watch and its incredible how Eggers can infuse some humurous moments with such a dark tone already playing out. Further, its also a story on isolation that perfectly set us up for quaratine! And accompanying that are allusions to Greek myths like Prometheus, where a man who is so curious on just pure knowledge (lighthouse) will do anything to achieve that goal until it becomes his own tragedy. A final note too, Pattinson is very horny in this.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but Pattinson’s scene with that seagull will forever be etched in my mind as being an iconic image of cinema.