MichaelA.’s review published on Letterboxd:
The lighthouse has more merit if you look at it as an experience rather than a fiIm.
I’m going to be in the minority with this one. I don’t think I enjoyed this film as much as most people. Now don’t get me wrong It was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon, and I did like this movie. I just didn’t think it was a masterpiece or even one of the best of 2019.
And to be honest I’m probably just missing the point or not getting it.
I’ll start with what I didn’t like because honestly I don’t hear many people criticize this film, and it makes sense. I don’t really even have that much to say. I don’t think there’s many points to make against The Lighthouse, I think it’s just not my kind of film. The only thing I can say is It’s form of storytelling can tend to be confusing or sometimes feel non-linear, but again this could be interpreted as a difference in style or taste.
As for good things The Lighthouse is unsettling beyond belief. It excels in an odd kind of sub genre of horror. This film didn’t scare me, but it absolutely horrified me... if that makes sense. The way in which the film was shot lends itself to creating a claustrophobic atmosphere, and build intensity with every second of every scene. Not to mention both performances which were raw, terrifying, realistic windows into the mind of two men going crazy. Robert Pattinson conveys every emotion imaginable in a matter of a few minutes. He is intense, emotional, and real. Willem Dafoe’s performance is a perfect juxtaposition to his co stars. Honestly my favorite part of this film was watching those two go back and forth with their nonsense.
Though my feelings on The Lighthouse are mixed I am glad that it exists, and I do believe it is an important film in Cinema as a whole. It is unbelievably unique, entertaining, and creepy... like shit. It’s so creepy. Anyways I do recommend everyone see it if they get a chance. It is one hell of an experience you do not want to miss. Grade: B+