Michel Gutwilen’s review published on Letterboxd:
[IGNOREM TODA CRÍTICA MINHA ANTERIOR AO MEIO DE 2019, HOJE DISCORDO E ACHO HILÁRIO TUDO QUE ESCREVI NA ÉPOCA, EU ERA INFLUENCIADO POR CRÍTICOS HORROROSOS, MAS ESTOU DEIXANDO AQUI COMO PATRIMÔNIO HISTÓRICO PARA ACOMPANHAR MINHA EVOLUÇÃO E VER COMO É POSSÍVEL SAIR DA MEDIOCRIDADE]
With performances worthy of several awards, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are in the best roles of their lives. Robert Eggers' macabre and fanciful tale has become the perfect stage for the complete delivery of the actors. Unsettling, creepy and uncomfortably funny, The Lighthouse invites the audience to climb a ladder to madness. As if that weren't enough, the movie is also technically impeccable. Through agile assembly and meticulous direction, it is impossible to distinguish what is reality or not. It's time for the Oscars to admit that terror deserves more nominations. And it's time for terror to admit that typical jumpscars are not always the most efficient way to destroy the audience mind.
Choosing a 1.19: 1 (square format) black-and-white photograph helps reinforce the strangeness surrounding the story. We are in the past and it is almost as if the characters were imprisoned inside the screen, just like on the island. Not only serving a narrative purpose, but the absence of color also creates a beautiful contrast, which is noted mainly by the natural lighting of candles or thunder, generating threatening shadows. It is a bold and brilliant mix between a look taken directly from a Andrei Tarkovsky film but with an H.P. Lovecraftian air.