The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★

A strange little movie reliant on two spectacular lead performances by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. Dafoe will get the Oscar buzz as the showier, louder performance. But Pattinson's work here shouldn't go unnoticed. It's much more internal work that is reactive to what Dafoe is doing, and should age better than the bombast of his counterpart. Eggers is among the best at crafting stunning shots and gruesome visuals. The plotting and pacing holds it back a bit, and I think there is a real question as to what is at the heart of what the script is trying to say. But it's suspenseful, and a great showcase for Eggers' talent as a director and its two leads.

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