The Lighthouse – Movie Review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

1hr49min (2019) Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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In comparing the best movie of 2019, The Lighthouse was brought up. Based on this suggested contrast, The Lighthouse had everything I like in a genre, so I had to watch it myself. The two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living together told in the 1890’s period. Stylised as a black & white, lower-resolution film how it would look in the origin of videography. Using technical cinematography to take advantage of visuals, adds to the performances portrayed by the actors Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

Thomas Wake: How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two Days? Where are we? Help me to recollect

Eerie from the beginning to the end, the psychological horror elements pushes boundaries in many unique ways. Most of the scenes have perfectly timed centred shots with the fantasy factors becoming psychotic visions within the characters. A flow that blends the design of insanity from time passing. At a medium burn, credit to Pattison, he turns from calm and collected towards his ego full of delusions.

William Defoe’s character was already crazy from the first time he spoke. With an old sea captain accent, his lines deliver a bad guy vibe although a tired old man at the same time. Enough to make Pattison’s character at least half trust him. Through this, both actors kill it working together in great chemistry. Matching energy in a lot of scenes, these parts were the most fun.

A somewhat small budget movie of $4 million that did a lot making $12 million back at the box office. Darkly skilful, it is definitely a film full of memorable moments that I would consider re-watching. The presentation of the story had all and more through monologues to one-liners. Suspenseful in its soundtrack to quick you guessing how it will play out next. For only two actors in a film, it’s one of the best I have seen in a very long time. Plus gives me hope about the new Batman who will be played by Robert Pattison.


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