The Lighthouse (2019) - Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

IMDB: 8.3
Director: Robert Eggers
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
Length: 109 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 50 out of 202 found boring (24.75%)

One-line Reviews (156)

This leads me to think one of two things has happened here: Either A- I am too stupid to understand what I saw, or B-nobody understood this movie, and didn't want to admit it, so they figured if they found it overly confusing, it must be brilliant.

The foreshadowing given at the beginning by Thomas saying his last hand went insane and was sent home made the entire film predictable and boring.

Don't bother , it's boring , dull, silly.

Over its near-two-hour runtime, "The Lighthouse" bores deeper and deeper into nightmare imagery (and logic), mining the backstories and motivations of its two characters, from whom the horror really springs.

Neither seemed relatable or engaging.

I am left with a feeling of confusion as I try to make sense of what I saw.

Their performances were breathtaking.

The Lighthouse (2019) - 7.8Act 1 - 7.2Act 2 - 7.7Act 3 - 8.2 Beautifully shot film with great establishing shotsTakes place at a secluded New England lighthouse, amazing locationPerformances are fantasticDafoe is in charge of the lighthouse and talks like a parody of a nautical captainDafoe has very complicated dialogue that can be challenging to uncover what he is saying at times as it is of the time periodPattinson is under Dafoe's character and keeps to the lighthouse doing various workPattinson has some very visceral and intense moments and emotions that he must display on screenFilm is a slow build into a dark and occasionally funny madness in the dreary lighthouseExcellent direction and writing from Eggers as he keeps the dialogue fresh and the audience guessing as to what is really going on in the filmScore for the film works perfectly to set the tone as wellPlays as a psychological thriller that builds in tension as the film evolvesThe is no right or wrong answer as to what the audience will take away from the film as it is extremely open ended and I'm still not sure if I get what Eggers was trying to tell usA lot of very challenging and interesting visuals to try and decipher what is reality and what isntA movie that will stay in your mind and is worth a deep discussionOne interpretation of the film would be a power struggle between the two men and how they want to be treated all mixed in with the infatuation with the lightAnother interpretation could be sexual frustration from isolation Pattinson gets obsessed with the lighthouse and is seen master bating multiple times to a trinket of a mermaid When he finally gets to the top and sees the light up close he seems to have a sexual release also the light is probably very hot so it could be a combination of both Dafoe also says he is married to the lighthouse and is seen naked and pleasuring himself to the light and the last words he says are the light is mineI'm sure there is plenty more to pick up and decipher upon multiple viewingsOnly negative for me is the film does take a while to get going and the dialogue can be a bit exhausting at times

It's bizarre, psychological, atmospheric and if it happens to grab you - intense.

The film is disgusting and boring, boring, boring.

People went in expecting a typical horror movie, but were instead given a slow, shakespearean-like drama with complex language and minimal, slow scares.

The story is a real slog, Defoe's "aarrgg" speech quickly becomes tiresome There really is nothing here to warrant the time to watch, unless you are a masochist.

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson both give riveting performances in this mystery-horror film about a young timber worker who comes to an island off the coast of New England to work under the supervision of a garrulous, peculiar lighthouse keeper.

Stunning .

I'm sure they thought that shooting the film in black and white, in a 4 to 3 aspect ratio, with almost every scene dark and dreary was very arty, but I just found it boring.

This movie went from disjointed scene to disjointed scene and I was very disappointed.

Both performances were seriously just breathtaking.

Pretentious "ART" film .

There is no plot here.

Seeing these two fall into complete insanity is engaging to say the least.

The Lighthouse was way more than just hot air and it was finally one of these movies again that kept me on the edge of my seat during almost the whole runtime and it also looked amazing.

CheckOpen ended, pretentious non-finale that answers zero questions and can be interpreted any number of ways by an audience too embarrassed to admit nothing they saw made any sense?

Finally the movie becomes a shocking vision of the human condition: humanity on the edge, self-destructive and filled with rage - horror, indeed.

Definitely a movie that will stay in your head for days after you leave the theater.

Described as a "psychological horror" movie, a "thriller" and "very intense" it was none of these things.

Totally boring, with neither story line, nor arch.

The film is one of the best lensed film of the year and one of most pretentious films of any year.

It is slow to get underway and picks up momentum as well as interest in the second half of the story, and I am still trying to make sense of the end.

One of the most intriguing and fascinating movies I have ever seen on the big screen, The Lighthouse sticks with you long after you've seen it and there is so much to think about even though it only had two characters almost the whole time.

Long and slow, one can imagine being one of the unfortunates in that secluded hell as the boredom piles up.

The acting is what keeps the film tense even through some repetitive stretches (it could have make a fine creepy short story).

But I don't believe The lighthouse was being pretentious, but really just trying to create an engaging and surrounding film that evokes feelings of anxiety, and if audiences are willing to give it a shot they definitely should, it has great performances, is visually interesting and has an ambiguous ending that would leave viewers contemplating its true meaning for years to come.

"The Lighthouse" is a stunning psychological thriller with beautiful cinematography and haunting performances.

What a confusing story.

I found it too harsh, elliptical and boring to be entertaining.

Words that come to mind to describe this movie: pretentious, bloated, boring, pointless, polarizing, nonsensical, grating.

Pointless, Pretentious, and Boring .

This film is sometimes molasses slow and definitely not for impatient or self-indulgent viewers.

The script really elevates this movie through the roof, making it unpredictable and hard to take your eyes off of.

Well shot, over acted, confusing plot, strange ending .

They get to know each other in the first half, which is slow moving.

Many different interpretations could be drawn out from this film.

Slow and steady becomes laborious and also frankly though its visual tricks are impressive at first they really don't develop much and the lack of color also weighs the film down, though really the script is what just isn't there.

It was all so magnificently dull and devoid of life.

Though some parts are slow, the overall tone of the film hit it throughout

Don't waste your time.

Dafoe and Pattinson's characters are prone to go off on extended soliloquies that are woefully engaging, and these were my favorite parts of the movie.

Probably one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had in a theater.

Every piece of music makes the corresponding scene super intense.

Unexpected .

At certain points in the film, Dafoe goes on a 2 minute tirad about something and it's one steady, uncut shot of him and it's incredibly intense and terrifying.

This movie had the same winning formula of confusion, dread, and anxiety coupled with an excellent story and acting as the The Witch.

Before the movie my wife and I smoked a joint in the car as we often do before an intense scary movie.

While the film is certainly well-made and gripping, it does have some notable lapses and a few slightly galling narrative choices from time to time.

It became tedious to watch.

It's an exciting time to be fan of original storytelling in the movies and Robert Eggers is a huge reason why.

The flow is slow and the scene are strange.

I found this to be rather a fascinating film and the best looking horror movie of the year.

Overall, The Lighthouse is a fantastic take on isolation with career bests from Pattinson and Dafoe along with outstanding cinematography, an intelligent script, and a jaw dropping story, and an intense musical score.

Great acting but all else was confusion.

Save your money .

Overall, it's a bit tedious after a while, despite some compelling aspects.

) But at heart, The Lighthouse is essentially a drawn-out, Victorian-era ghost story.

Intriguing events.

The tall-tale about two boring men who are set out to spend four weeks stuck together in a lighthouse.

I was bored to tears .

Don't waste your time or money.

Overall, a very dark but entertaining film and definitely the best film of 2019.

He soon discovers that what initially seems like a grinding job on a drab island might not be so normal after all.

A complete waste of money for me.

Starting with the symbolism of the one source of light in the darkness we are led to a fascinating exploration of the gifts and limitations of mortality.

Alot of thought was clearly put into shot composition as every single shot in this movie is breathtaking.

There's no story there, nothing that really compels the viewer to the next scene.

Anything the film does with sound is breathtaking.

About 45 minutes in while I was completely immersed in it my wife was having a different experience.

One of THE WORST movies I've ever seen!

Stunning film with Dafoe sure to get Oscar nomination .

Pathetic and a total waste of time that I'll never get back.

As written, it is an truly absurd caricature, but bless the God Poseidon, Mr. Dafoe is always entertaining and he is, once again, a riveting screen presence.

The lighthouse is the worst movie of this decade.

The film is as simple as it is complex, imaginative as it is familiar, psychological as it is physical, and every bit as entertaining as it is horrifying.

Where to start with this pretentious piece of crap.

But there's no real hooks, just confusing symbolism, repeated scenes, and ultimately an ending that doesn't really deliver much of anything.

And no I'm not talking about "toxic masculinity" or an feminist view point here at all, but it was very masculine and boring for me.

The visually striking and ambitious black and white film 'The Lighthouse' is a movie I was excited to see for months, but while watching it I was disappointed by the lack of story.


This was (and I say this with all sincerity, and what I believe to be full command of my mental faculties) the worst movie I have ever seen.

For me the more intense the better and the film delivered just that.

One of the worst movies of 2019 .

Extremely unnerving, entertaining throughout.

This movie was visually stunning and I loved the use of movement and Willem Dafoe's intense dialogue and use of soliloquy's but some of the other elements felt contrived.

It is a truly original film that is nothing like anything I've seen before, and I highly recommend it to anyone who can appreciate a well made film.

Laughter and shock throughout = very entertaining and edge-of-seat viewing.

Worst movie I've seen EVER .

He created an absurd atmosphere that worked well and made it endlessly entertaining.

"The Lighthouse" is reasonably entertaining until the unreasonable climax of he picture.

The story of two lighthouse going insane after being secluded on an island together is really elevated by the hypnotic editing and suspenseful feeling through the entire runtime.

This movie is one long cliché from start to finish.

If you are in the mood for truly something different and out there, featuring stunning acting performances, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.

The Lighthouse is a visually stunning art piece.

This film was completely stunning.

Boring .

This unnatural look causes an intense feeling of dread and unease in the viewer, one that is only aided by the film's audio design.

You may read among these opinions terribly miscast as "reviews" how "boring" this film is, or how "silly things" happen that "confused" the writer, or how "nothing happens".

Still, just because the movie was confusing and made me question my own relationship with myself, it did not do so in the way it intended.

The acting was very powerful, bordering on overacting, but the script was too wordy and their accents so strong that it was hard to follow.

It falls just short of a 10/10 masterpiece for me due some pacing issues and certain events in the film feeling meaningless and repetitive.

Tour de force acting and solid filming efforts that unfortunately turned into a baffling experience instead of intriguing .

Confusing and boring .

This isn't a movie, but a work or art, visually stunning, full of symbolism and subliminal messages.

But, they are deep characters who are entertaining and shocking enough to not get boring for the almost two hour runtime.

Worst movie of this decade.

This was the worst movie.

Don't waste your money .

It was boring as hell, stressful and horrid, and by the end I felt like the seagull that got beaten to death standing over a cesspool.

At its worst, the movie played like some pretentious, Melvillean 16MM student film about homosexual panic made by a straight male filmmaker; at its best, it features Willem Dafoe in a total triumph of acting as the saltiest and smelliest sea(adjacent)man ever.

And let me say right here that Janin Blaschke's cinematography is absolutely stunning and deserving of an Oscar.

If you like pointless movies with no plot, acting with no purpose, and nonsense for a finale than this is your movie.

I swear to God, I wanted to leave after the first 30 min.

Stunning .

Pretentious and wholly unikable .

The first hour or so was intriguing and certainly set things up in an intriguing manner but what was set up was ultimately neglected in a pursuit for style and atmosphere over substance.

Well crafted.. but bit empty with story .

That was strange yet entertaining.

very well done cinematically speaking, very boring content IMO .

Only small squarish portion of the screen was used, there were only going to be 2 actors, I could understand only 40% of the dialog, the characters are weird but not interesting and it's very, very slow.

It is about two guys who are in charge of maintaining a remote lighthouse for one month, their interaction, boredom, etc. There is almost no other cast in the movie (except for a girl for a total of ~20 seconds of screentime).

As the main characters slowly descend into conflict and madness, as an audience you feel that saem slow descent, with obscure shots and an air of untrustworthy characters stumble about on the screen.

And the Artsy Fartsy (literally) Award goes to....

The movie started off in a mildly intriguing way.

With that said, any viewer with a modicum of appreciation for engaging stories and rewarding payoffs will come away feeling robbed of their time.

There's a high tension and a very uncomfortable atmosphere that even allowed some very dry humour and some very funny scenes without ruining the whole mood/feeling of the movie (like It: Chapter 2 did, for example).

They resort to fart jokes and oddly dull slapstick to create enough pressure in a scene to justify a cut.

It's apparent how much care was put into the whole production, which makes this movie even more enjoyable.

This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Dafoe may never have chewed scenery so delightfully as he does here, and Pattinson starts slowly before delivering his best work - including a ferocious rant that is fascinating to watch and contrast to his character's first meal with Dafoe.

It's pretentious garbage.

Waste of time and money.

Understand that this is a slow movie.

The sound of the lighthouse began to torment me as well, as the homage Hitchcock and the greats kept me on the edge of my seat as Pattinson climbs the spiral staircase.

Unfortunately, similar to "The Witch", Lighthouse showcased a strong cast but confusing storyline, muddled dialogues and baffling ending.

But as this non-story drags on, what worked to establish setting and tone gives way to the sensation of tedious loops.

It was legitimately such a uniquely entertaining horror film where so much went on on the screen and you could feel expert film-making in the subject matter and the attention to detail.

I'm sure that many viewers found it thrilling to watch Pattinson schlepping coal in a wheelbarrow and then shoveling it into a boiler fascinating, but I found it pointless.

Good acting, but a boring movie and a REPEAT .

That was one of the worst movies ever.

I was looking forward to this film because to the rave reviews and a uniquely appealing mix of seemingly gorgeous black and white aesthetic combined with gripping, Gothic-esque suspense and strong performances.

The tears in the movie felt contrived and some parts just didn't feel organic.

Eggers makes the most of the limited space in which the story is set, and it never grows dull--if anything, the oppressive atmosphere put on show leaves the viewers with a claustrophobia that occludes any potential boredom.

Serving in the background of such aesthetics is the film's score, which is a prime example of understated elegance, and its sound design, which is serviceable but ultimately repetitive to the detriment of a few scenes.

Worth watching again and again.

In its place are cliche metaphors and a predictable conclusion set to drunken rants and tense music.

It's The Emperor's New Clothes School of Filmmaking, a grandiose movie that relies solely of stunning imagery over storytelling, all style over no substance.

I was bored by the lack of action and squirmed at the overblown dialog.

As I left, I was thinking to myself how I had just witnessed the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life.

Director Robert Eggers uses a simple premise to create an engrossing and memorable viewing experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.