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Thread: The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers)

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    Wow, this was something else, eh? Pattinson continues to grow as a performer, taking on roles that are significant challenges (Cosmopolis, Good Time) or just plain juicy fun to play (The King, The Lost City of Z) and Dafoe is just an actor's actor, a living legend at this point. They are both at their best here, creating magic out of language and expressions and playing off each other's skills and strenghts. I see what Ezee and TGM are saying - Lighthouse is psychological Horror that doesn't really have a lot of meat to its bones, and if one spends the movie waiting for a great fantasy pay-off or a huge plot twist he's bound to be disappointed. But the great achievement of the movie is its unique atmosphere and look and the primal fear and paranoia it successfully evokes. I disagree with Irish that the movie looks like it could have been made decades ago because I don't think it's meant to look like that despite the aspect ratio - I stand closer to Wryan who saw a cinematic interpretation of Doré's old engravings or that type of literary illustration in general.

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    Eggers and his collaborators do a fair job of approximating the look of Béla Tarr's films but this lacks the terrifying conviction of The Turin Horse. As a mannerist exercise in style, this is never less than watchable but it's also never very good.
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Eggers and his collaborators do a fair job of approximating the look of Béla Tarr's films but this lacks the terrifying conviction of The Turin Horse. As a mannerist exercise in style, this is never less than watchable but it's also never very good.
    Why?
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    Why?
    I just didn't believe in the characters. In the scene where Pattison complains about the cooking, since the film has not up till this point established either that Pattison was dissatisfied with the food or that Dafoe takes any pride in his abilities as a chef, it feels like something the filmmakers put in because they'd thought it would make a funny scene rather than a conversation I could believe these characters would actually have. As a result, the film's escalating reliance on horror movie clichés (e.g., the corpse that wouldn't die) and the overbearing sound mix begin to feel like desperate, hard-sell tactics designed to create an artificial sense of dread. Thus, while the film is always pleasant to look it, it's never anything more than that.
    Just because...
    Devi (Satyajit Ray, 1960) mild
    The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun (Wes Anderson, 2021) warm
    High Sierra (Raoul Walsh, 1941) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë


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    Quote Quoting Grouchy (view post)
    Wow, this was something else, eh? Pattinson continues to grow as a performer, taking on roles that are significant challenges (Cosmopolis, Good Time) or just plain juicy fun to play (The King, The Lost City of Z) and Dafoe is just an actor's actor, a living legend at this point. They are both at their best here, creating magic out of language and expressions and playing off each other's skills and strenghts. I see what Ezee and TGM are saying - Lighthouse is psychological Horror that doesn't really have a lot of meat to its bones, and if one spends the movie waiting for a great fantasy pay-off or a huge plot twist he's bound to be disappointed. But the great achievement of the movie is its unique atmosphere and look and the primal fear and paranoia it successfully evokes. I disagree with Irish that the movie looks like it could have been made decades ago because I don't think it's meant to look like that despite the aspect ratio - I stand closer to Wryan who saw a cinematic interpretation of Doré's old engravings or that type of literary illustration in general.
    Totally! 10 years ago, would anyone think that Pattinson would be at this level? Makes me more excited for Tenet and Batman after watching this.
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    Willem Dafoe by way of Junji Ito is *chef's kiss*

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    Interesting as an anomaly of cinema, but not all that entertaining.

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    This was fantastic. Both actors blow it away, but it was Dafoe who really dazzled me.

    His heartbreak at Pattinson saying he didn't like his cooking is such a humanizing moment for a character who had been an absolute rat bastard previously.

    Visually stunning, incredible performances, an unending sense of dress throughout.

    Eggers' Nosferatu has jumped to the top of my most anticipated films.

    Both of his films are near masterpieces.
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    I didn't get anything out of The Witch and I didn't get anything out of this either, so the issue must be that my sensibilities are different from Robert Eggers'. I can tell that he's a skilled filmmaker because this film has great cinematography, attention to detail, authenticity, but there's nothing in it that held my interest, apart from Willem Dafoe being great as usual. I disliked in particular the score, which kept blaring over everything as if to say "look, this is really spooky. Are you spooked yet?"

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