TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘The Lighthouse’

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TIFF 2019: Our Review of ‘The Lighthouse’

Originality not only survives, but thrives…

Writer/Director Robert Eggers returns with a delicious little slice of the creepy, the absurd and the downright bent with The Lighthouse.

We’re dropped on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s where two lighthouse keepers slowly go down the rabbit hole of mystery and madness with nowhere to run.

Shot on 35mm, in full frame and in Black & White; The Lighthouse is a delightfully creepy trip down into the depths of the human psyche when isolationism takes hold and you just can’t see around the corners of your own mind.

Eggers puts together a yarn that won’t only creep  you out but keep you guessing, just not know what is actually happening and what is existing in the mind of Ephraim (Robert Pattinson).  As he duels with his senior Thomas (Willem Dafoe) we see both men essentially become a mirror image of the other, which is what really makes this all a master class in casting.

With some stunning cinematography and the forced perspective of the story thanks to Jarin Blaschke we get lured into the deep waters of psychosis with some ethereal imagery giving it all an out of world experience that will leave your legs wobbly like you just got out of a pitching sea vessel in the middle of nowhere.

The Lighthouse is damn near the stylish minimalist epitome of perfection and ultimate bang for the movie going buck that challenges and entertains all at the same time.

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