miguelm0908’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Y'know, I'm something of a wickie meself." -Thomas Wake
A surreal descent into madness. Like being sucked into a nightmare fueled by booze, isolation, roaring waves and endless foghorns. Pattinson and Dafoe deliver the best performances of their careers, and the narrative is very interesting indeed.
The cinematography is pretty much flawless, as is the sound design. Some of the most oppressive and brooding moods I've seen in a film for quite some time. It does an excellent job at putting the viewer right in the action. You just feel the tension in the air whenever Winslow and Wake clash on-screen.
I will not give it a full 5 stars in this first viewing, because I thought the ending was underwhelming (a similar problem I found with The Witch). But I'm sure that, unlike The Witch, I will want to see this a second time and dissect the meaning behind everything.
Eggers sets up the impossible task of leaving the viewer satisfied as to what is within the light, for imagination is usually more exciting than reality. A lot of strong build-up to a sour payoff.
If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft (or tentacles in general) you will love this.