Few films that attempt to place its audience in another time period completely succeed in delivering what feels like a full transformation.
The Lighthouse is set on a isolated and essentially barren island in the North Atlantic United States in the 1800’s. The principals are a Lighthouse Keeper played by Willem Dafoe, and his hand a transformed Lumberjack played by Robert Pattinson.
From the opening sequence to its end The Lighthouse is visually engrossing. Once the characters present themselves, the same can be said about the story-line and dialog.
The Lighthouse, the island environment, the men, the way they look, dress and talk could not be more convincing. With the addition of an eerie story-line, The Lighthouse captures and surrounds you with intrigue, question, apprehension, and fear.
The Lighthouse is not for the faint of heart or those seeking mindless entertainment.
As with the characters, there will be times you want to leave The Lighthouse – but simply cannot.
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Cinematically, The Lighthouse is a good as it gets in film today – at least from my perspective. I go to see films solely for the cinematography.
The chemistry between Dafoe and Pattinson is electric. Both are nothing short of brilliant in their roles.
The otherwise exotic model Valeriia Karaman has a small but key role in The Lighthouse. The visuals in her scenes is equally exotic.