Pat’s review published on Letterboxd:
While I’m playing catch-up for my October/November films, here’s The Lighthouse:
I’m not really that big into horror movies. The DNA that makes up this particular genre is DNA I can’t understand and can’t therefore analyze, but I found that, for whatever reason, The VVITCH filled me with complete terror and fear, so I had high hopes for Eggers’ latest film. BOY did he not disappoint.
I’m frankly glad I didn’t see this with any friends. Most of the people I know, even the ones into film, would’ve been laughing their asses off at the visuals of the film without even looking or understanding what’s underneath it. I left the movie with a plea sent feeling of confusion that I hoped to have. I will be purchasing this films’ Blu ray when it’s out.
It’s honestly easier to say what I DON’T like about this
movie. Willem Dafoe gives a great performance that leaves me uneasy and nervous throughout, and Robert Pattinson gives a performance of confusion and anger that makes me excited to see him put on the cape and cowl in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman.’ Robert Eggers brings out great performances from both actors, and creates shots and camera movements that work well with the 1.19:1 aspect ratio. Korven’s score is fantastic and haunts me even now. I’m going to eventually hear people complain about the slow pacing, but that was the whole point. You’re never supposed to know how long these men have been there.
This film is competing with Ex Machina as my favorite A24 film, and is painfully pleasurable for me to watch. I look forward to watching this again on Blu-Ray.