The Lighthouse – An Astonishing Piece of Work

While the focus is mainly on fashion here, it’ll be sometimes also on the entertainment industry, films especially, because cinema is an important aspect my life as well. This short review of Mr. Robert Eggers’ new film, The Lighthouse, marks the first post focusing on cinema. 

Review:

Watching The Lighthouse one will see how much Mr. Eggers is in love not just with writing and film-making, but the cinema itself. He’s created one of the most fun comedy/horror thrillers.

The black and white aspect will remind you as if Hitchcock has come down from heaven and shot the film. The opening scene, quite eerie, it’s as if Scorsese was there on the set to capture it. Anyone seen Scorsese’s masterpiece, Shutter Island, knows what I’m talking about.

Williem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in director Robert Eggers THE LIGHTHOUSE. Credit : A24 Pictures

While Eggers pays homage to cinema in general and reminds us of the works of some of the greatest filmmakers, The Lighthouse is his film through and through, packed with powerful performances; dialogues; editing; sound design, realistic production design and that eerie as hell score composed by Mark Koven.

Going into a film like this and from a filmmaker like Mr. Eggers don’t expect the cheap thrills and dumb scare tactics.

The film consists of some long takes and there are shots taking place in tight atmospheres and sometimes in the lantern light only involving his two characters.

There’s going to be a sense of claustrophobia. You’re going to be unsettled, surprised, shocked, scared, all are intentional, because a film like this is a medicine consists of all those desired effects and it’s all good for the health of the viewer and as much as the cinema. Yes, the cinema. It will make you fall in love with it even more.

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10 Comments

  1. This film is surely scattered with interesting tidbits that are easy to miss on the initial viewing. The ending is one that will stick with me for a long time, much like some of my favorite horror movies of all time.

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