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The Lighthouse Review & Comments

Slinkywizard

Well-known Member
I do want to see this, but will probably wait till I can see it at home. Definitely my cup of tea, despite the weirdo aspect ratio which to me is more distracting than tone-setting. Thanks for the excellent review, Cas.
 

Mallardo

Well-known Member
Definitely my cup of tea, despite the weirdo aspect ratio which to me is more distracting than tone-setting.
I don't mind different aspect ratios, as long as I know that they are coming. It is a bit distracting spending the first ten minutes of a film wondering whether the cinema has made some kind of mistake with the projection!
 

PlexShaw

Member
Seeing this tomorrow - not the biggest fan of The Witch but this certainly looks intriguing.
 

Drax1

Distinguished Member
Interesred in this, but i'll catch it at home. Director Robert Eggers' next film has a much bigger draw for me - Viking epic The Northman!
 

Coulson

Well-known Member
I disagree with Cas about the symbolism because I don't think that's the point. Yes there's some fancy word play but in the end it's a very simple story about two troubled men initially choosing to be together, eventually being forced to be together in a claustrophobic setting. It's basically a pressure cooker, a slow burn until the pressure is released then all hell breaks loose.

Now I think about it, the ending does seem a bit left field, but when I watched it, it didn't feel out of place.

Easily an 8/10 for me. Parasite and Joker are depressing present day stories. The Nightingale and The Lighthouse are period pieces. But each in their own way is looking at a**se end of society.
 
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Evinger

Well-known Member
Thanks for the Review, Cas. Sounds intriguing, but at the same time, not my regular type of Movie. Maybe one for me to watch on an otherwise slow, Stormy Day, when in the right mood.
 

Hillskill

Moderator/Games Reviewer
It's certainly not got mainstream appeal but the performances and direction is very compelling. For me the cinematography deserves an oscar over 1979. The aspect ratio at time just lends it self so well to the dark foreboding and shadowy scenes. I'd love to see this on an OLED
 

PaulDavidThomas

Active Member
It was not my cup of tea, however I do appreciate it for it's acting, cinematography and also forcing you to think about the subject matter. Unlike a lot of other films I've watched, I'm still thinking about it. I'd go 7.5/10. If you're an art house lover, you'll love it. If not, you should give it a go....
 

encaser

Member
I really rather enjoyed this. It's as mad as a fish in places but somehow it all worked with the claustrophobic camera pressing in on Dafoe and Pattinson's stellar organic performances. The mix of the old world with Wake and 'his ways'; involving steadfast rules, drunken sea shanties and superstition fed tradition, set against the new with Howard and his attempting to escape both the and his past grate upon each other finely.
I agree, Cas, this is filled with symbolism from the basic prison labour-like island lighthouse setting to the haunting drawn out visions the men suffer - though Howard's are revealed to the viewer, whilst Wake's remain shrouded in mind but visible in his action.
Definitely a film to imbibe to, just to set the confused scene and fire up some subtitles (if you choose to rent/buy) so you can get all the old time dialogue and sing along like a drunken seagull.
Oh, yeah, an OLED really works well here what with the shades of black to white which, I'd imagine, could leave some LCD's needing panic disorder medication.
 

Skull n Bones

Well-known Member
Thanks for the review as always Cas. Intrigued with this and like others, will probably wait for a home release. Thought the Witch was ok but not convinced this will be much better, despite the universal praise it's getting. One for a quiet night in I reckon.
 

mainaman

Well-known Member
I liked it better than the Witch and it has the right balance of real "horror" and Lovecraftian/Greek/seafaring mythology madness.The Blu-Ray is very good(decent sharpness and deep blacks) and the cinematography is really superb,as well as the direction,the acting,the sound design,the soundtrack,the editing and so on.The aspect ratio?It suited the mood of the movie,but i think that scope would be better.
 

SteveAWOL

Distinguished Member
Cineworld are only showing this in Crawley, Glasgow, London & Milton Keynes, so no cinema trip for Lucas :(. Looking forward to it eventually though.
ICYMI this is showing at Southampton Odeon, should you fancy a Meerkat Movies daytrip...

 

Valen

Well-known Member
It was pretentious nonsense, unless you like watching two men fight, argue and sing with no actual point except maybe youth facing off the old.
 

Tom Davies

Formerly 'Malingo'
Absolutely thrilled to bits with this movie.
I watched it last night and spent all of today thinking about it.
Can't wait to sit down with it a second time with all my ruminations.
A solid 9/10 from me in the common parlance.

"Why'd ye spill yer beans?"

My full thoughts are in my user review and elsewhere on the fora.
 

Robothamster

Distinguished Member
Just read all the trivia on this film on IMDB, some interesting stuff:


(BTW - 8.5/10 I'd score it, excellent movie)
 

SteveAWOL

Distinguished Member
Looks like this is getting a wider release at multiplexes this week, so might give it a whirl... could prove to be a good double-billing with Birds of Prey!

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