B E R T’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Lighthouse. Whoa, nelly. What in the world was that? For the first 10 minutes I could barely understand a word of what was being said and I couldn’t see much through the darkness, but once my eyes and ears warmed up to the dialect and the cinematography I was totally on board.
I’ve seen so many movie lovers talk about this movie, heaping praise on it, I’d heard nothing but good things, so I went in with pretty high expectations. I’m happy to say that my expectations were met and exceeded. This flick is crazy, what breath of fresh air to have a movie as weird and wonderful as this come along. It so expertly combines elements of horror, fantasy and drama, add that to a very daring cinematography style and a nightmarish score and it makes for a very unsettling and hypnotic watch.
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe were completely sensational, especially Willem Dafoe, but that’s no surprise really because when isn’t he? Watching these 2 spar on screen is like watching 2 thespians at work, it felt like watching 2 theatre actors on a stage, their performances are so loud and intense, very strong acting from both of them. It’s surprising that their names aren’t floating about this awards season.
Much like Robert Eggers previous movie, The VVitch, I think this is one that may take multiple viewings to fully understand and digest everything that it’s trying to say, but I reckon those are the movies that make for the best rewatches, when you’re excited to see what else you can discover throughout. I know I will be checking this one out again and again and again. A cinematic triumph.
Robert Eggers is the horror director to watch, after The VVItch and now The Lighthouse, just imagine what he will do with Nosferatu.