Tom!! 🚀’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Lighthouse is a incredibly challenging film that pulls you right into its insanity. Headed up by William Defoe and Robert Pattinson the Lighthouse is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea and it very nearly wasn’t mine. The film left me both disturbed and confused in equal measure which definitely was the intention of the film maker, the question is though is that what you want?
I like ambiguous films and this is as ambiguous as it comes. The film is structured in a deliberately confusing way to replicate the main characters on screen. It’s done in such a way that made me genuinely feel like I was losing my grasp on the film and what was happening. There were moments of clarity and moments of immense confusion. So really I couldn’t tell you what happened but I could tell you how I felt about it, and that was confused, disturbed and at times overwhelmed.
Audibly and visually the film is a treat, being filmed in a smaller aspect ratio and black and white. It’s a really unique experience that lends itself to this story perfectly. The sounds are great to, the storm is manic, the waves angry and the voices often vague and hard to hear, all contributing to the confusion I felt. Defoe and Pattinson do a great job at carrying this film on their shoulders and helping to convey these characters.
The Lighthouse succeeds in presenting me with these characters who are questioning their own sanity and dragging me along for the ride doing the same to me. It was honestly a trip and I argue a profound experience. However if you’re looking for a more basic straight forward story, it’s hard to tell if this will be your thing.