Review: Two lighthouse keepers live on a New England island in the 1890s while trying to maintain their sanity.
Director: Robert Eggers
Actors: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman and Logan Hawkes
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and Thriller
I am really glad I have seen this film. I wouldn’t go as far to say it is an enjoyable film although I enjoyed it for what it is. I had to see this once it came on Sky Cinema as there were no cinemas near me at the time that would or were showing it which I think is a shame. I think seeing it on the big screen would have been a better experience. The screenplay and the cinematography are both excellent. I also felt that the musical score was very well constructed and worked well in the film. I really enjoyed both Robert Pattinson’s and Willem Dafoe’s performances and thought they did a fantastic job. Their performances seemed so real with not much dialogue or storyline to work with. On IMDb it is quoted that Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson stated that they barely spoke a word to each other on set and were too exhausted to hang out together after a day of shooting because filming was so physically demanding due to the miserable weather conditions. For Willem Dafoe to prepare for his role he learnt how to knit. For obvious reasons this did remind me of the film Bait (2019). Apparently, I think it was the BFI Southbank who showed Bait and then followed on they showed The Lighthouse as a companion piece, introduced by Mark Jenkins (director of Bait). The themes that this shows are insanity, identity and power.