The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★½

The Lighthouse feels like a natural evolution of Robert Eggers' distinctive artistic style so if nothing else, that was a relief. I was kind of comforted by how uncompromising this feels. To be honest, I didn't find it to be entirely successful, but on the other hand it left me more convinced that here is an artist who is going to have a career worth following - with many more great films to come.

The plot itself is actually a little more conventional than I expected, at least in the first two acts, although in the final act it goes completely apeshit crazy and really refuses to deliver a satisfying resolution - this feels like a very deliberate choice, but it's still a little frustrating.

However, the main reasons to watch this are the visual artistry on show (it looks almost preternaturally gorgeous - and I mean gorgeous in the broadest sense encompassing some pretty disturbing and ugly imagery) and the acting - I really think this double act from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe is the best of 2019 (and so of course neither were probably considered for an Oscar nomination for more than about 10 seconds).

It's a slow burn, but often very comedic, and it's a totally singular vision from a genuinely intriguing film maker. Not necessarily something I can say I loved, but if you like to see horror by way of arthouse, The Lighthouse will give you plenty to sink your teeth into.

Yes, Robert, I am fond of yer lobster!

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