The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★½

After the success of The VVitch (2016), Robert Eggers has returned with A24 behind him for yet another excellent and ambitious sophomore feature from 2019. Heavily stylized and a narrative labyrinth, The Lighthouse is a deeply unsettling film, one that immerses you in its time and the characters' lives before playing with your mind in ways that will leave you reeling. Robert Pattinson and Willam Defoe give tour-de-force performances complimented by the masterful cinematography and sound design and Eggers's direction is meticulous. The thick atmosphere and unsettling score serve to increase the feelings of dread as the setting and aspect ratio make the feelings of claustrophobia almost unbearable. The film doesn't really tell you what to think of its narrative or themes, and is one of few movies in recent years to feel truly "up to interpretation" but not in a pretentious, shallow or condescending way. There are so many ways to view this film and to decipher its meaning, and none would feel innaccurate. And I have a feeling that this is a film that will be talked about for years to come.

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