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The Lighthouse - Review (London Film Festival 2019)

Consider my Beans, Spilt. 4 / 5

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

Dark, moody, and disorientating, The Lighthouse is a perilous but stylised ride through the mind and the ocean.

When the credits rolled, I just stared at the screen. I had no idea what to expect going in and was somehow more confused after experiencing it.

After a few days to let it rest, The Lighthouse will no doubt split audiences but after The Witch, director Robert Eggers seems to have been given full reign to go all out and he definitely uses it to his advantage.

Brilliantly directed, almost every scene utilises the 1.19:1 aspect ratio with centered or symmetrical shot design. The film doesn't want you to feel comfortable for a second from the claustrophobic aspect ratio to the trapped and isolating setting.

The mesmerising performances of Dafoe and Pattinson match as the film descends into hallucinatory madness.

Honestly, I don't know how I truly feel about this film, it will take a few repeat viewings for me to properly get my head around it. What I do know is that it was a hypnotic, haunting, and unique experience that I will not be forgetting any time soon.

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