I left the theater wondering what the hell I just watched. ‘The Lighthouse’ has that effect, but in the best of ways. It’s one of those movies that you only watch once. That one viewing with stick with you long after you leave the theater.
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe are brilliant. It’s hard to decide which one of them steals the show because just when you think one of them finally out acted the other, the other actor trumps it. They are that good, and this film did the impossible. It finally allowed me to look past Pattinson’s ‘Twilight’ past to see the true artist he really is.
‘The Lighthouse’ is stark, dark, claustrophobic, and filmed in black and white. The entire film is just those two actors in an epic power struggle over each other, even with the occasional homoerotic undertone. Both want control over their combined reality. Over the other man. Over the light – which I found to be more of a metaphor for something more biblical.
It has its odd moments – like when Robert Pattinson has sex with a mermaid – and the entire film has an uneasy, uncomfortable quality that the soundtrack works with tremendously.
Again, it’s one of those movies you only need to watch once. It’s good, yes. If you like slow, off kilter suspense movies, you might like this. You won’t be waiting in line for the blu ray to add to your collection though.