“The Lighthouse” (Robert Eggers, 2019)
Robert Eggers’ Oscar-winning sea dirge is high-key brilliant quarantine viewing, the kind of film that would make anyone go a little bit mad even in “normal” times. Starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as a pair of mismatched lighthouse keepers at the edge of the world and the end of their ropes, the Cannes 2019 premiere was a PSA against bad roommates and for pristine filmmaking a year ago, but now it’s more relatable than ever.
In his review, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote that its “amusingly offbeat flourishes speed past in rapid-fire montages and dream sequences that resist any complete interpretation. … ‘The Lighthouse’ keeps coming back to the two men, the smarmy veteran and his despondent underling, as they engage in an abstract power play that can only end in doom and gloom. As a storm careens over the lighthouse and sits there, their limbo becomes a private hell.”
Sounds familiar, but with a couple of compelling twists and an ending that begs for continued conversation, it’s also the kind of challenging viewing that would be worth the watch no matter the time.
Available to stream April 16.