Robert Eggar's "The Lighthouse"

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  1. Colin

    Colin Well-Known Member

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    Synopsis: The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

    RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2019

     
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    Holy shit, is it mainly just the two of them? Looks wild.
     
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    Looks fantastic!
     
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    Natas Is it October yet?

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    Theatrical I hope? October can't come soon enough!
     
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    New Trailer.

     
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    I love The Witch, so I'm all over this.
     
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    Some new poster art, the film is releasing this weekend. Anybody planning on see it?

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    I saw this today. I really liked it quite a bit. It's definitely a film made by the same guy who did The VVitch. There's no doubt about that. But, it is more accessible. It has all the strengths of the previous film. The atmosphere is suffocating. The sound design is oppressive. The cinematography is beautiful. The language is dense, thick, and artistically authentic. The acting is top-notch. Defoe is suitably colorful, fragile, and vicious. And, I have to admit that it's been a lot of fun tracking Pattinson post-Twilight. He hasn't quite become a great actor yet, but he definitely is getting better with every film I have seen him in. It's also a much funnier film than The VVitch with a lot humor to be found in the bickering and power struggles between the two workers. While it certainly has nightmarish imagery and violence, the overall feeling really is more one of a black comedy than an outright horror film.

    At it's core, it's about two men working together while needling each other to get at their secrets. And then crazy things happen. It doesn't quite pack the punch that The VVitch had at its ending. But, it certainly comes close. It also seemed a more referential film. Intentional or not, there are some good nods to Anti-Christ, Sunshine, and The Shining.

    If you liked VVitch, you'll get more of what you were probably looking for. If you hated The VVitch, this probably won't be your cup of tea unless you can get into the toxic workplace drama. If you were on the fence about The VVitch, this might be a bit more enjoyable as the humor and character interactions are more relatable.

    For me, Eggers is one to watch. I though The VVitch was a stunning debut full of vision and confidence. And this is an equally confident follow-up that continues his aesthetics while showing growth and originality.
     
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    I cant tell you how many times I skipped over The Witch, Hereditary (A24) Films, then saw Midsommar (Directors Cut) and fell in love with this company and Ive been salivating over The Lighthouse, I'm going to see it this coming Saturday. I love Defoe and cant say Ive watched anything with Pattinson in it. Black & White and in a lighthouse I'm fucking there.
     
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    I didn't mind the film being black and white but oddly enough I was really annoyed to see the 1.19/1 aspect ratio in the theater. Personally I found the film extremely slow and boring. There were only about 12 people in the showing I went to. One guy walked out about half an hour into the film. Then a couple left about half an hour after that. If you want to see a journey through a deranged mind go see Joker as it is far more entertaining. I've seen 75 plus films in the theater this year so far and this is on the bottom of the list. I will say that Dafoe and Pattinson both did a very good job of acting but that just wasn't enough.
     
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    Loved The Witch and I hate to say this, but I found this one a bit tedious. Dafoe and Pattinson are terrific, and I liked the narrow scope. They narrowed 4x3 even further to 6x5, perhaps to mirror the shape of a lighthouse? Visually, they did a great job. If the actors weren't so recognizable, it would be easy to mistake this for a restored movie from the 1920s or 30s.

    Outside of that, I really didn't find the movie very engaging. Maybe boredom is kind of the point when you're making a movie about two isolated men going crazy, I don't know? Normally, when a movie is this universally acclaimed and it doesn't click with me, I'll sometimes give it another try. I don't think I could force myself through this one again. Thumbs down from me.
     
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    I'm with you on this. I've watched an hour and 20 minutes of it (have to finish it off) and while I love the artistic choices and the performances of the two leads, it does kind of just feel slow and pointless. It's a damn shame because it's amazing otherwise.
     
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    I thought this was some monster creature horror film. That's the vibe I got from the trailer. As for the film I was horribly disappointed. I don't hate it at all honestly. It just wasn't what I thought it would be. Sadly I doubt I will dip for it on a physical format. You either love art films, or you don't. I'm just not a fan of art cinema at all. The film was amazing but it just didn't engage me at all. By the final act I was so bored. :(
     
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