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The Lighthouse (2019)

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

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Robert Eggers
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Willem Dafoe ... Thomas Wake
Robert Pattinson ... Ephraim Winslow
Valeriia Karaman Valeriia Karaman ... Mermaid
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Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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There is enchantment in the light.


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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images, and some language | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$427,797, 20 October 2019

Gross USA:

$9,894,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,897,386
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Mono

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1.19 : 1
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For dialogue inspiration, the brothers read the works of Melville, Stevenson, and more, consulting 19th century slang and nautical dictionaries for concise jargon. Dafoe's character is prone to articulate soliloquies in the style of Shakespeare and Milton. For naturalistic dialogue, the Eggers brothers turned to the works of Sarah Orne Jewett, a Maine-based poet and novelist best known for her works set on the Eastern seaboard, including 'Tales of New England' and 'Strangers and Wayfarers', both published in 1890. As research for her own work, Jewett interviewed old sailors and farmers, often writing in their dialect. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Wake: Keepin secrets eh?
Ephraim Winslow: No sir
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Nerve Wracking Plunge into Madness. Like Nothing I've Seen Before
20 October 2019 | by Joetampa90See all my reviews

Wow. Eggers follow up to The Witch knocks it out of the park. The Lighthouse is a masterful piece of art like nothing I've seen before. Following Defoe and Pattinson as they tend a Lighthouse. The film wastes no time turning into a disturbing submersion into insanity.

The Lighthouse is undoubtedly an unconventional and bizarre film. Giving the viewer nothing more than two men in one location. The movie manages to pull it off masterfully. Defoe's acting is really one of, if not the strongest aspects of The Lighthouse. His scary ramblings, his facial expressions, his level of commitment to the role are all second to none. I believe so far from what I've seen he deserves the oscar for what would be Best Supporting Actor. A24 recently said they will campaign Pattinson for best actor. Make no mistake, Pattinson absolutely kills it too. However for me, Defoe is the true tour de force performance.

Despite not having a conventional plot, their are some plot points and it's all this film needed to stay cohesive. The imagery in the film is very unsettling and surreal. The dialogue is expertly written and pungent. The score and the sound of The Lighthouse is another strong point, loudly ominous... it works perfectly. The cinematography is beautiful. Everything is firing on all cylinders and it creates one hell of a ride.

The Lighthouse is surely a one of a kind work and one of the best psychological horror films in recent memory. It falls just short of a 10/10 masterpiece for me due some pacing issues and certain events in the film feeling meaningless and repetitive. That being said, The Lighthouse is a true achievement in cinema and currently the best of 2019 for me. I can't wait to see it again. 9.5/10.


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