The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers, 2019) wr. Robert & Max Eggers

Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe

I assumed this was going to be psychological study of a folie à deux - the usual thing when you have two people stuck together for too long. (As I assume the 2016 film with the same title is.) But it isn't. As it was proceeding, I had the uncomfortable feeling that I was watching the wrong film. Life being as short as it is, I don't bother with films about vampires or lycanthropy, zombies or slashers, or the supernatural. (I avoid films about war and prisons too, but that's because I don't want to be in that environment, whether imaginary or not.)

To get the point, I probably would not have watched this had I known in advance that it is a ... horror film.

There's a bit of a fuss about the cinematography in this, but I believe that the real credit should go to the production designer and crew. They actually built a real lighthouse and associated buildings and machinery on an isolated island. The DP had to shoot inside those structures, which required him to point his camera in some striking directions.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 21 January, 2020 | Now: 22 January, 2020