The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★½

The Lighthouse is a  psychological horror film with stunning cinematography and brilliant, mesmerizing performances by Willem Defoe and James Patterson. The creative team behind The Lighthouse did a fabulous job creating one of the most atmospheric and visceral movies I’ve seen. For example, to heighten the sense of claustrophobia, the director wisely decided to use grainy black and white expressionistic photography in a 4:3 ratio. The movie uses constant noise, whether it’s a foghorn, seagulls, waves crashing on rocks, wind, a screaming mermaid, to help accentuate the madness the main characters are driven to.  I loved the surreal moments of the film, with some truly creepy imagery. Willem Defoe has always been one of my favorite actors. His performance in The Lighthouse is one of my favorites. I was blown away by Robert Pattinson’s performance. I didn’t really take him seriously as an actor until I saw him in High Life last year. He really impressed me in this film. I found some of the dialogue in the film difficult to understand because of the characters’ thick accents. I also thought the movie loses steam towards the end. However, this is a very powerful film that deals with insanity, isolation, and the supernatural. It’s not to be missed for fans of horror films.

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