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Two lighthouse keepers don’t get along, drink too much, and go insane.

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  1. Peter Linning February 13, 2020

    The Lighthouse is an incredible work of photography, shot in striking black and white in an old-timey 1.19:1 ratio, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere from the get-go. Robert Pattinson's (literally) fresh-off-the-boat "wickie" arrives on the desolate rock upon which the titular lighthouse sits to begin a four-week stint under Willem Dafoe's craggy old sea-dog senior lighthouse keeper.

    The plot could correctly be described simply as two coworkers becoming increasingly irritated with each other - but both actors give performances that are nothing short of incredible, each of them disappearing completely into the roles (an hour into the film I overheard a cinema patron turn to their friend and say "oh shit it's the bloke from Twilight"). Neither outshines the other, and they swing between sullen silence, drunken affection, and violent argument so effortlessly that they end up imbuing their characters with a huge amount of nuance and depth without needing to say much. A palpable and unsettling sense of isolation pervades the film, with the visuals and performances creating a nearly unbearable sense of dread as the characters' grip on sanity gets slipperier.

    An arty, gothic, two-man show shot in black and white may be a hard sell for a lot of moviegoers, but The Lighthouse is an incredible movie, and worthy of your attention. 5 out of 5 Stars

  2. Dan Beeston February 13, 2020

    A work of art through and through, The Lighthouse is utterly disturbing, beautiful and has 100% been robbed of Oscars love. Pattinson and Dafoe are incredible. 4.5 / 5 Stars

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