Theo Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
Directed by Robert Eggers (The Witch) comes another well put together folk-lore take that is gripping from start to finish.
Shot in 1.19:1 aspect ratio and in black and white, The Lighhouse immediately gives this sense of being claustrophobic. On arrival to the lighhouse you really do feel isolated and away from reality almost as if you’ve entered an entire new world.
Robert Patterson and Willem Dafoe are the leads for this film. Their chemistry on screen is brilliant to watch from start to finish. Very memorable dialogue from Dafoe as Eggers always nails the dialect in his films. Eggers understands the time period he is working within and ensures the dialect is excellent.
The sounds are eery and uncomfortable (particularly the lighhouse noise) which gives this un-welcoming feeling. The film is beautiful to look at, especially on the aspect ration and black and white used, it works in its favour tremendously.
The Lighhouse is amazing from start to finish, it’s beautiful to watch and has you captive until the very end where the credits roll up. Eggers has made another incredible film, where the dialect is perfect.