Movie Review: The Lighthouse (2019)


Title: The Lighthouse
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Director: Robert Eggers
Production Company: A24 | Regency Enterprises | RT Features
Summary/Review:

When I saw the previews for this movie that looked like a Guy Maddin film and from the director of The Witch, I knew I had to see it.  New England psychological horror is my jam, after all.  Set on an island off the coast of Maine around 1890, The Lighthouse features Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers who lose their sanity when a storm prevents their relief arriving after their four week shift.  Dafoe plays the experienced old salt who insists on maintaining the light himself while assigning mundane chores to Pattinson character, a younger man who previously worked as a lumberman and is not 100% honest about his past.  This movie has great acting, absolutely gorgeous cinematography, and fantastic sound design (I found myself pumping up the volume to marinate myself in the sounds of isolation).  I suspect this movie won’t be for everyone, but it’s just my kind of weird movie about lighthouse keepers going crazy with evil seagulls.

Rating: ****1/2

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