The Lighthouse (2020) Review
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Get down to the cinema to see this movie. Robert Eggers director of ‘The Witch’ brings his second film through A24. It is one of the best films I have seen in since Joker, sorry Scorsese and Tarantino. Blending artistry like film is supposed to be combined with near Hollywood storytelling makes it a great watch. I was fully lost in this film and is definitely one for the big screen. The film really captures what I believe the story is about. So, if you are reading this. SPOILER AHEAD!
Shot on an old aspect ratio of 1.19:1 reminiscent of older movie at the beginning of the sound era this is the perfect ration for the movie and let me explain why. This movie is watching two characters go insane and within the first 10 minutes of the movie I thought I was going to go insane with the ever-present horn coming from the lighthouse all the time. It’s a perfect aspect ratio because this makes the movie feel nostalgic of cinema and is supposed to make the audience excited but the horn constantly ringing makes it uncomfortable making the audience understand how this people are going to go insane.
As I am writing this, I have realised there is so much to talk about with this movie and in order to stop this review from becoming too long I really need to focus.
The Lighthouse has a micro cast for a feature film consisting of two actors, Willem Dafoe (Thomas Wake) and Robert Pattinson (Winslow). With Willem Dafoe I was fully convinced with everything to do about his character, from the mise en scene with his hair and beard his costume and his performance that was so convincing, it was so easy to get lost in and I honestly forgot I was watching an actor. The range of expression he had I felt like he was fully invested in his characters story and didn’t doubt the madness he was feeling for a second. Now on to the second person… Robert Pattinson and holy s***! What a performance. I was so lost in his performance I felt pity for him when I had to and I felt uneasy for him. I always felt like Winslow never truly came out with his real personality in front of Thomas Wake and it was actually quite painful to watch. Robert Pattinson is an incredible actor and really showed his range and what he can achieve and I look forward to watching his career evolve further.
In terms of the script it has to be one of the weirdest films I have ever seen but that is what makes it so great. What some people might throw away as empty artsyness (if that is even a word) like Willem Dafoe barking like a dog I felt it was a great way to suggest that the power had changed and both characters had turned completely bonkers.
The cinematography for this movie was absolutely bonkers and some of the best I have seen ever, not that I have watched every movie ever but the only film that challenges it for me has to be Blade Runner 2049. The lighthouse was the only film that I thought could challenge 1917 for Best Cinematography at the 92nd Oscars and unpopular opinion I think it should’ve won. Sorry Roger Deakins you are the king of Modern Cinematography but some shots from The Lighthouse are embedded in my brain.
Overall this film was a great experience and to me the only film that challenged Joker for my favourite film in the past year. I think it is rare to find a film with barely any flaws and this film is one of them.
I rate this movie: 5/5