The Lighthouse / Robert Eggers (2019). Cinematography by Jarin Blaschke. This was the same director/cinematographer team that brought us the innovative and mysterious “The VVitch” (2015). Like their earlier film, the story of “The Lighthouse” is another foray into mysterious what-is-really-happening-here unexplainable mystery with black and white cinematography – but in the case of “Lighthouse” it is more like black and a very dim gray. A “dark” film in literal terms as well as figurative. Two men, an old seaman, Tom (Willem Dafoe) and novice Ephraim (Robert Pattinson), are to spend a four week tour on a remote rock with the title edifice, maintaining the light and the buildings with the new guy doing most of the work. When a bad storm that could go on for weeks extends their stay, things get crazy. First, the good news. The acting from the only two cast members couldn’t be equaled. Dafoe’s old salt (at times he falls into a Robert Newton pirate voice) is alternately fatherly to Ephraim and then turns around to be a cruel taskmaster. Pattinson continues to rack up an impressive resume as his character’s grip on Reality begins to crumble first, or so it seems. While I really enjoyed “The VVitch,” the murky (both senses of the word) Lighthouse just seemed to get on my nerves even though watching the two talented actors try to out act each other kept me going through to the end.
I don't think you fully understand, Mr. Bigelow. You've been murdered.