3/4

The Lighthouse [2019] ★★★

As someone who didn’t fully embrace Robert Eggers’ directorial debut “The Witch”, I thought his latest effort was a much superior exercise in psychological terror. “The Lighthouse”, co-written by Eggers and his brother Max and starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers trying to maintain their sanity while living on a remote island, is a gripping tale that keeps coming at you. Pattinson and Dafoe are absolutely sensational as two men who know almost nothing about each other but have to work together anyway. Early on, Pattinson’s Ephraim Winslow starts having visions of death and destruction. Dreams? Hallucinations? More series of vivid nightmares (beautifully shot by cinematographer Jarin Blaschke) only intensify his will to get out of this island. But at what cost? That’s exactly what the film explores, with a keen eye for detail and superior acting. Eggers has crafted a unique piece of cinema, one that keeps its distance from the Hollywood formula. His movie dares to take its time, and that can certainly turn some people off. But if you’re a patient viewer, “The Lighthouse” is a rich and rewarding experience.

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