The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★½

"Keepin' secrets, are ye?"

I purposely dove into this film having had as little exposure as possible. So intriguing a mystery proved anxious to anticipate, but was worth the hype. Robert Eggers really has a knack for writing niche-period dialogue, and he and his team do well to fully immerse you in the setting, despite the precarious role time plays within the story. The aspect ratio was a great tool for elucidating the claustrophobic tension, while Jarin Blaschke's monochrome photography does wonders for subtle contrast. This must have been a fun shoot. Dafoe and Pattinson have great chemistry together, both of them digging much deeper than what we typically get to see from most actors. It has been delightful watching the two of them break down the levels of madness while marooned in this sort of purgatory. What a year for A24.

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