The hypnotic and hallucinating tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
First off, any modern day film that’s captured on 35mm Black and White film stock automatically gets a star. I’m a celluloid lover, OK?! This movie had to be shot on that and it, I can’t imagine it being shot on digital ARRI Alexa’s and then converting it to Black and White like *some* people wanted. Plus, this had a 1.19:1 aspect ratio. That really helped bring the old fashioned vibe to the film like you’d want. The eeriness of the whole film, the tone itself and the dialogue, just everything about this worked so well for that format it made the movie greater, and with that every shot in this film is just incredible.
The cinematography was amazing and was helped by filming on B&W 35mm film. The cinematography is on the scale of Cold War, which got a lot of love last year.
The black and white film stock is so right for movies like this. Most recently, Mark Jenkin’s Bait was shot on Black and White Film, just 16mm over 35mm.
The acting from Pattinson and Dafoe is sensational, and both do some of their best performances ever. This may actually be Pattinson’s best yet, however out of the two Dafoe just steals the show. They make the characters so over the top, but at the same time so believable and real. There’s also this question that you’re subtly thinking about the whole time in the back of your head ‘what is Thomas (Dafoe’s character) hiding in the Lighthouse, that he doesn’t want Ephraim (Pattinson) to go up there.
The Lighthouse is basically what you’d expect from a film made by Eggers’ and A24. Obviously, it won’t be for everyone, but I’m sure everyone will agree that Pattinson and Dafoe are incredible! There’s a scene involving Pattinson and a seagull I found funnier than I should have.