Pattinson & Defoe Bring The Madness
Robert Eggers’ new movie, The Lighthouse, is the follow-up to his acclaimed 2015 debut feature, The Witch, and this guy keeps proving himself to be talented, and fairly twisted!
The Lighthouse stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, and is set in 1890s New England and follows two lighthouse keepers as they tend to a lighthouse on a remote island. But soon the isolation from the rest of the world makes the two become mad.
Here’s the trailer:
Eggers (who wrote the script with his brother, Max) turns up the crazy a little more than in The Witch. There are demented seagulls, a mermaid, octopus tendons, and the beacon of light at the top of the lighthouse that makes the men lose their minds.
Shot in a boxy 1.19:1 aspect ratio, Eggers creates a suffocating claustrophobic atmosphere to hammer down the maddeningly close quarters in which Pattinson and Dafoe’s lighthouse workers live on their remote island.
Pattinson plays Ephraim, who spends his days doing the backbreaking work to keep the lighthouse clean and in order. Dafoe plays Thomas, who speaks like a pirate and whose only job is to keep the light in the lighthouse shining bright. And he will not share that responsibility with Ephraim, who very much wants a turn.
The film is described as a:
“hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.”
Eggers mentioned that he and Pattinson almost got into a fistfight on set. Answering questions in Cannes recently, Eggers confirmed that he and the new Batman actor almost threw down over a scene which required “many takes”, and which involved water being shot from a firehose into Pattinson’s face.
I’ve heard Pattinson and Dafoe absolutely bring it in this film. I’m also looking forward to seeing what Eggers has in store.
The Lighthouse opens in New York and LA on October 18, 2019, with an expansion to follow.