nidheya’s review published on Letterboxd:
Vivid, creepy and deeply unsettling, The Lighthouse is a master class in cinematography, and acting, but lets you down as a story.
After hearing so many raving reviews, I had to check this one out, and like I mentioned above, the film is a visual masterpiece. Throughout the film, Eggers creates the most jarring, stunning and disturbing visuals through the camera, leaving you feeling completely uncomfortable. This is a deeply atmospheric film, that feels just "off" from the very first frame, and plunges down a demented path of darkness.
Thomas Wake (William Dafoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) are exceptional in their roles, delivering magnetic performances in this tale of control, repression and loneliness. The almost "dance" that they performance is interesting to watch.
However, I didn't think the story offered up much in terms of story and plot. For a long time, the film didn't feel like it was going anywhere, and even when it did, I didn't think it led to a satisfying conclusion or journey. Of course, Winslow's descent to madness was fascinating to watch, but the story itself didn't do it for me. The cinematography and acting elevated the film to a solid height though.
Overall, it's not something I would watch again, but the pure merits in the film are commendable.