The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★★

It has been on my mind so much that I had to see it again. It is still brilliant. I started to see the mythological elements more, especially the myth of prometheus and the cost of knowledge.

This film exemplifies indie filmmaking proving, yet again, that you don't need millions of dollars and "A-LIST" premaddonna talent (e.g. RDJ) to make a engrossing and beautiful film. Unfortunately, because it is not trying to appeal to the mass audience, I doubt it will have wide appeal; even though this a near perfect film.

I must praise again Dafoe and Pattinson's performsnces. They both deserve nominations (and they both deserve to win). These two actors feed off each other, ramping up scenes to a rightfully maddening level. Dafoe's sea themed curse at Pattinson is a masterclass of acting.

Outside of the direction which is unbelievably good, (especially for a director's second feature) it is the cinematography that needs high praise. The choice to shoot on film, in black and white, with a filter that mirrored 1950's film stock, and shot in 4:4 makes the film purposefully claustraphobic. Additionally, The way in which they over expose the film to convey some of the suspense and supernatural elements adds to the overall atmosphere of the film.

Everyone. Should. See. this. film.
Please let the oscars celebrate such a artistic celebration of film. While it may not be FOR everyone, it should be SEEN by everyone.

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