The Lighthouse is a psychological horror drama that takes place in the 19th century and focuses on two lighthouse keepers named Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) and Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) who are stranded on their lighthouse station for four weeks of doing such tedious and menial tasks, which eventually drives them completely insane. It’s also Robert Eggers’ second feature after his critically acclaimed directorial debut known as The Witch.
“How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two Days?" So let’s get this out the way, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are absolutely phenomenal as the two lead characters. It’s arguably the best performances they have ever given in their acting careers, and they most certainly carry the film throughout. It’s usually quite difficult for a movie that only focuses on a cast of two people to be something that viewers will be interested in seeing from start to finish. However, that’s not the case here. Both Pattinson and Dafoe bring so much depth into their roles, which makes them incredibly compelling for the audience to be deeply invested in their story. Character development is easily the best part of the entire film, and it’s interesting seeing these two men evolve as the premise goes on.
Truly one of a kind. If there’s one word to describe The Lighthouse, it would be “unique”. It’s unquestionably unique in the best way possible, while also showcasing Robert Eggers’ wonderful vision as a writer and director. The movie has a distinct look to it because it’s shot on 35mm black-and-white film, and it’s marvelous to look at. When it starts, you will be transported to a whole new and intriguing world from the 19th century. The cinematography is top-notch, which you should definitely praise the incredible filmmaking talent of Jarin Blaschke. He has a way of utilizing the camera to make it feel like a contained experience, and you’ll start feeling lots of tension from its atmospheric and gritty setting.