The Lighthouse - a film by Robert Eggers

The Lighthouse

5 *****
The Guardian

Drama/USA/Canada - 2019

 

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director:

Robert Eggers

Writers:

Robert Eggers
Max Eggers

Stars:

 Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe,
Valeriia Karaman

1 h 49 min

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Rating - 7.5

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Rating - 90%

"For his follow-up to The Witch, Robert Eggers launches a salty story of two men trapped in a turret. Think Steptoe and Son at sea and in hell..

..the screenplay by Robert and Max Eggers is a delicious and often outrageous homage to maritime speech and sea-dog lore, saltier than an underwater sodium chloride factory..

Apart from everything else, this is a sublime film visually: Eggers and Blaschke imagine a glorious variety of images from this stark and unforgiving place. Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous."

Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian