Jakob Mathews’s review published on Letterboxd:
The 100th 2019 Film I’ve seen!
Easily one of the most unapologetic films of the year and I mean that with as much praise as I can.
The Lighthouse is a stunning film and in so many aspects, every aspect in fact. The cinematography, shot in a 1.19:1 aspect ratio and with film and early 20th century camera lenses, is so gorgeous and grim and adds so much character to this film; this film is so confident in its black & white cinematography and I love it. The music is haunting and so dreary and feels like it’s coming from the Earth; like the music is naturally being played by its surroundings.
The performances from Pattinson and Dafoe are incredible and addicting to watch, especially Dafoe who goes on multiple epic monologues that go on for minutes and they were stunning. Pattinson’s performances is so detailed and controlled and I’m so happy to see him becoming one of the better actors of his generation. They both eat this film up and are so deeply dedicated to what Robert Eggers is giving them and it pays off so well.
Robert Eggers, by the way, has outdone himself SOO intensely. I really like the The Witch (or The VVitch), but this film shows that he TRULY understands folk-horror and has such a keen eye for the historical terrors of our past. The Lighthouse is one of the best films of the year, easily. It’s so wholly original and I can’t praise it enough.
(Really need to see it again to figure out where it stands, but this and Parasite are so neck-and-neck it’s crazy)