The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★½

This was an all-out assault on the senses. I don’t think I can quite sum up The Lighthouse, so here is a PARTIAL list of some of the things this movie has:

1. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe slow-dancing and singing sea shanties
2. Nightmarish visions of mermaids
3. A seagull murder
4. Plenty of flatulence
5. A discussion where Dafoe is mad at Pattinson for not liking his lobster and then proceeds into a tyrannical and nonsensical monologue
6. Dafoe and Pattinson screaming “What?” at each other for 30 seconds
7. The best evocation of a foghorn I’ve ever seen in a movie

It also has two of the best performances of the last 10 years, the most unnerving sound design I think I’ve ever heard, and some you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it moments that make Dogtooth look like a normal movie.

Lighthouses are the worst.

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