The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★

As with his debut feature, Robert Eggers' sophomore effort is not going to be for everyone's tastes. In fact, it won't be for most people's tastes. But it might be for your tastes. And if it is. You will love it. It's a two-header from start to finish save for one brief supporting character. Dafoe and Pattinson are just amazing to look at on the big screen in sharply contrasted black-and-white. The 4x3 photography adds a claustrophic feeling to the proceedings. As the two mains dip further into madness and paranoia brought up by isolation and repression, you just know shits gonna get cray-cray. And it does. In glorious fashion. The dialogue is thick and brougish and tough to decipher. But this could've been dialogue-free and the end result would've been the same. There's a lot of subtext here that I don't think I necessarily picked up on and I can't wait to watch it again...at home...with subtitles.

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