Reviewed by: Greg Mueller

Greg's Score:
9.75

Plot/Story

9

Characters

10

Acting

10

Cinematography

10

Production Design

10

Soundtrack

10

Execution

9

Emotional Impact

10


Review:

The Lighthouse is flawless with its technical aspects and Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are perfect. For the first fifteen or so minutes, the aspect ratio bothered me, but after the cabin fever comes in, it makes it feel really claustrophobic and it made sense. To be fair, I'm not 100% on exactly what happens in the film, as in what's real and what's not. Are the characters gas-lighting each other or are they gas-lighting me? Surely a lot of the film is purely allegorical, but it's left open to interpretation. I prefer movies to have a coherent surface level plot that you can choose to pick apart and analyze if you want to and my only problem with The Lighthouse is that the story doesn't work perfectly on the surface. There are far too many elements that work symbolically, but just don't mesh with the literal story of the film. That being said, I loved the acting and the cinematography was beautiful. I'm really not a fan of black & white as a stylistic choice and I feel like the Lighthouse would have worked just fine (if not better in color), but it doesn't work against the movie at all. Really, all of my issues are personal preferences; there is nothing objectively wrong with this movie. I could see some viewers being bit bored with the film because it is kind of slow and feels long for a movie that is under two hours. I watched it with my mother and sister and I think the lack of explanation kept them from getting fully invested.