The Lighthouse – USA, 2019 – with more reviews

The Lighthouse is a 2019 American indie horror feature film about a pair of ageing lighthouse keepers fight the elements, the spirits, and each other…

Directed by Robert Eggers (The Witch) from a screenplay co-written with Max Eggers, the A24-New Regency-RT Features production stars Robert Pattinson (The Batman; Twilight and sequels) and Willem Dafoe (Death Note; Daybreakers; American Psycho).

Plot:

In the 1890s, a pair of ageing lighthouse keepers – Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) and Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) – fight the elements of nature, the spirits, and each other…

“There needn’t be some deeper theme or intent behind a movie like this, but The Lighthouse is an awfully trying experience to end with such a sneering shrug of the shoulders. I couldn’t shake the feeling that The Lighthouse is simply an exercise, an overeager writing class project from a guy who’s just read Sartre, Beckett, and, I dunno, Stephen King.” Vanity Fair

“Both actors are sensational (and they work together like one), but in terms of sheer showboating power it’s Dafoe’s movie. He plays Thomas Wake, the aging “wickie,” as a knowing piece of kitsch — a crusty, bearded, limping old seaman with his pipe held upside-down and a brogue marinated in gin.” Variety

Cast and characters:

  • Robert Pattinson … Ephraim Winslow – The Batman; Twilight and sequels
  • Willem Dafoe … Thomas Wake – Death Note; Daybreakers; American Psycho
  • Valeriia Karaman … Mermaid

Technical details:

  • 110 minutes
  • Black and white
  • Aspect ratio: 1.19: 1

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