Hot Take Nick’s review published on Letterboxd:
I waited way too long to finally see this. I also wish I had gotten the chance to see this on the big screen. That would’ve been great. But nonetheless still a great experience.
It’s amazing how much of a tour de force Pattinson has become in a lot of what he’s in now. I mean Defoe put on a masterclass performance in this and Pattinson went toe to toe with him the entire runtime. It was amazing to watch the two of them.
This was also as much of a technical masterpiece as advertised. I’m not well versed enough to add anything new in that regard other than to say the technical filmmaking was as impressive as the performances, if not more.
I also dig when movies don’t force opening credits like this one does. I know the filmmakers deserve credit but the way it’s done it often feels like wasted time. I appreciate when movies like this just jump right into it.
This had such an eery score. I dug the foghorn too.
Random thing: apparently Chris Columbus (who directed the first 2 Harry Potter’s) was an EP for both of Eggers’ movies. I know that doesn’t mean a whole lot but thought that was an interesting connection.
Overall, this movie takes 2 guys stranded at a lighthouse and turns it into a thrilling and haunting experience for the viewer. A little bit of a slow burn at times but if you’re interested in a master class in filmmaking and/or performances and haven’t seen this yet, it’s a great time.