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When the credits came up at the end of the film (and, yes, it is a film in the truest sense), I asked myself "What did I just watch?" It's a beautifully shot movie: Eastman 35mm B&W, full screen and mono sound. Was Eggers trying too hard to be artsy? Damn good job giving it a classic tone. Definitely a love note to Hollywood days gone by.

I went into this with some notion of what it was about but was way wrong. As a big fan of Eggers The Witch, I was just expecting something different. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed. Very interesting screenplay. It could've been a stage play.

That was over a week ago and I'm still curious, hoping others might chime in. Dafoe and Pattinson were at their best for this two man show. Top-notch performances by both (Dafoe never disappoints) but Pattinson shocked the crap out of me. He was absolutely stellar. Where did that talent come from?!

So, what did I watch? I'm still thinking about it so that makes it rank even higher on my list.
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I've kinda been following A24 since The Florida Project (of which I'm a fan) so I was pretty jacked when I saw the trailer for this and, like you, am a huge fan of Willem Dafoe. So, I haven't seen this yet and probably won't make it to the theater. I'll watch when it starts streaming, but I was very much looking forward to this. Heard there were a lot of farts in this flick.


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Film of the year for me, easy. Saw it in theaters twice. So sick! Totally strange, wild, and original. It even surpassed The VVitch for me, which I didn't anticipate being possible.

Thought about writing a review for this one myself. Almost seems reductive to do so. It's a difficult film to pin down, which of course is part of the appeal. It doesn't even really fit into the whole A24 slow, atmospheric horror/drama "trend."

That said, I was also too lazy to write a review. So thank you, Mr. JEStaats, for posting this. I was really worried peeps had slept on this one.

One of the biggest takeaways for me is that Robert Eggers is the real deal. There've been a lot of false prophets coming onto the scene the last few years IMO, especially on the horror front. Thankfully, this dude is not one of them.

Far out shit. Love it!



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Quoted from James McClung
Film of the year for me, easy. Saw it in theaters twice. So sick! Totally strange, wild, and original. It even surpassed The VVitch for me, which I didn't anticipate being possible.

Thought about writing a review for this one myself. Almost seems reductive to do so. It's a difficult film to pin down, which of course is part of the appeal. It really doesn't even fit into the A24 slow, atmospheric horror/drama mold, no matter whether you're on the love or hate side of this loosely defined trend, if we can call it that.

That said, I was also too lazy to write a review. So thank you, Mr. JEStaats, for posting this. I was really fearing folks had slept on this one.

One of the biggest takeaways for me is that Robert Eggers is the real deal. There've been a lot of false prophets coming onto the scene the last few years IMO, especially on the horror front. Thankfully, this dude is not one of them.

Far out shit. Love it!


Funny thing, it took me more than a week to post as I wasn't sure what to say about it. Not knowing what to think about it doesn't mean that it's not thought provoking. Far from it.

Definitely agree that Eggers is the one to watch. A bright future for that guy.
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I'd love to see it but it's a shame it's not playing anywhere.
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I was one of those that found the Witch very boring. I've realised now that if mainstream critics love a horror, it's going to be too dull for me.

Still, this is an event that had always fascinated me, so I'll check it out at some point.
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Not particularly scary or even particularly intense, but great to look at and just a really fun little tale. Unsurprisingly solid performances. Best of all, just really genuinely original.

Of all the followup features this year, with new films from the directors of Get Out, The Babadook, Hereditary, and It Follows, The Lighthouse is the one that makes me really excited for the rest of a career.


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Don just posted a link (thanks, Don) to this film's screenplay and it's an awesome example of what many say shouldn't be done or in bad form.

Just in the first three pages, the prose is overwhelming. There are action blocks up to nine lines, direction, and a multitude of, what many would define, unfilmables.

But it all works, and very well at that. After all, the Eggers brothers(?) wrote and directed their own work. Would it work otherwise? Why wouldn't it? The actors embraced the otherwise unfilmable action without challenge. The large blocks of action (I believe) are necessary to set the tone for long shots and scenes without dialogue.

I've not read the entire work yet, but, so far, I love it and this is how I'd love to write. Now I'm just rambling....
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Don just posted a link (thanks, Don) to this film's screenplay and it's an awesome example of what many say shouldn't be done or in bad form.



Where's the link? I'd like to give this a look.

EDIT: Nevermind. I found it. Link here - http://a24awards.com/film/thelighthouse/THE_LIGHTHOUSE_script.pdf
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Quoted from JEStaats
Don just posted a link (thanks, Don) to this film's screenplay and it's an awesome example of what many say shouldn't be done or in bad form.

Just in the first three pages, the prose is overwhelming. There are action blocks up to nine lines, direction, and a multitude of, what many would define, unfilmables.

But it all works, and very well at that. After all, the Eggers brothers(?) wrote and directed their own work. Would it work otherwise? Why wouldn't it? The actors embraced the otherwise unfilmable action without challenge. The large blocks of action (I believe) are necessary to set the tone for long shots and scenes without dialogue.

I've not read the entire work yet, but, so far, I love it and this is how I'd love to write. Now I'm just rambling....


Great script. Did I get it entirely? No. Do I even want to? No. It was a fun read and it makes me want to go out and see the film even more.


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Quoted from JEStaats
Don just posted a link (thanks, Don) to this film's screenplay and it's an awesome example of what many say shouldn't be done or in bad form.

Just in the first three pages, the prose is overwhelming. There are action blocks up to nine lines, direction, and a multitude of, what many would define, unfilmables.

But it all works, and very well at that. After all, the Eggers brothers(?) wrote and directed their own work. Would it work otherwise? Why wouldn't it? The actors embraced the otherwise unfilmable action without challenge. The large blocks of action (I believe) are necessary to set the tone for long shots and scenes without dialogue.

I've not read the entire work yet, but, so far, I love it and this is how I'd love to write. Now I'm just rambling....


Yes, however, William Defoe told his manager to set up a meeting with the director of the Witch after watching the movie and told him he wants to be in his next film, whatever it is. So, Eggers likely had financing and star actors attached before most of them even got around to reading the script. This is a totally different world then most of us live in.
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FYI  - this just became available on Amazon Prime. Check it out.
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Amazing film.

The language alone makes it something worth experiencing which is not to take away from its myriad aesthetic qualities. The sound design, the performances, the atmosphere, the cinematography, everything working in concert to achieve a very unusual, singular and cinematic experience. There is lot here for the cinephile to cream themselves over but just on a storytelling level and a character study, its fascinating.

I liked The Witch. It possessed a lot of the qualities The Lighthouse has in terms of the language, the dreadful mood and creating a hermetically sealed, fully realised world (the ending I'm still unsure about, I need to revisit it) but I feel Eggers has taken a great leap forward in his craft with this so called "difficult second album".

I'll be the first in line to watch whatever he does next (if cinema lines ever exist again). Unfortunately, I only got the opportunity to watch The Witch and The Lighthouse after their cinema run.

Anyway, he's a bonafide artist. A filmmaker with a voice and a vision.

The script is great read too.


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I watched this maybe a week ago and didn't like it but since it has stayed with me. Now, when I say didn't like it is much more meaningful as a afterthought to say that storywise it annoyed me. I DID like the cinematography. I DID like the sound design. The acting was good and I'm sure the two leads had a blast hamming it up. Maybe I'll see it again just not anytime soon.
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Watched again the other week. First time, I saw it at a press preview in a big theatre -- this time, in quarantine with my roommates. Funny contrast.

It's interesting you mention character, Col, because to me that's where the movie doesn't have much to offer. My vibe was just a fun, silly, weird chamber piece with two increasingly mad men who are more cypher/symbol than rooted personalities. I thought their defining characteristics were just "older man" and "younger man." Not that I'm expressing that as a criticism!


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