The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse ★★★★

Director Robert Eggers levels up for his sophomore effort following The Witch in this audacious, visually dazzling mood piece The Lighthouse. The story centers on two lighthouse keepers losing their shit on a remote island. Anchored by galvanizing turns by Willem Dafoe and career-best turn by Robert Pattinson—the film is a showcase for Eggers’ intricate visual and technical command. The claustrophobia and austerity is certainly palpable, thanks to the smooth black and white cinematography by Jarin Blaschke. My only qualm is some of its writing is inaudible and incomprehensible. But the acting is a showstopper. Pattinson is volcanic in ways we haven’t seen him before, while Mr. Dafoe keeps him leveled with a sturdy support for Pattinson’s on-edge performance. Overall, The Lighthouse is a daringly original, starkly beautiful piece of cinema that is enough to take your breath away.

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