THE LIGHTHOUSE - Review
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Director: Robert Eggers
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
Plot: Two lighthouse attendants try to fix an aging lighthouse while keeping from going mad
Clint Says: See this only if you love art-house films
When it comes to films that fall into the horror genre, THE LIGHTHOUSE may be the most beautiful of them all. Shot fully in black and white, the images and cinematography are stunning. It feels and looks like you are watching a Hitchcock film in high definition. Everything pops off of the screen in incredible detail.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this film is that the sound is so well done, yet the whole film was recorded in mono. (Read: One track). The sound comes at you, relentlessly, from all sides, just like the sea around the small island they inhabit.
As for the story, the first hour of the film is interesting, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it is entertaining. After that it completely implodes into a weird mess of a film with no chance of anyone figuring out what is real and what are hallucinations from a completely untrustworthy narrator.
I'm sure there is some brilliant explanation for all of the happenings in the story, but for me, a film needs to give the viewer the keys to figuring everything out. If we aren't given the key then the story is nothing but a confusing mess. And frankly, if the writer and director don't care enough about the audience to help them understand the full story then I don't care enough to go online and research what it is all about.
This is very much an art-house film. If you only see a few movies a year, this is not the film for you. This is for people that like to think of themselves as movie snobs. It has moments of brilliance, but overall it is an average film at best.