brian-mcgee - September 10, 2019
Sometimes an artsy two-hander can be a method-acting lover's dream come true, and sometimes it can be among the most masturbatory of all cinema. Sometimes directors choose to let their actors call the shots and go to absolutely insane and borderline unwatchable extremes, and sometimes the director knows just how to reign in the lead actor's performances to better fit the tone of the movie.
The upcoming film The Lighthouse could go either way. Director Robert Eggers has only one other feature film to his name, 2016's The VVitch, and the biggest "name" in that movie was the weird breastfeeding queen from Game of Thrones. With The Lighthouse, he's dealing with one of our most respected veteran actors in Willem Dafoe, and one of the most well-regarded and intense younger actors in Robert Pattinson. Did they trust Eggers enough to let him call the shots or did they run roughshod all over the poor sap?
To me, it feels like this is going to be more in the watchable vein than the unwatchable vein. I just hope it all hangs together and forms something coherent. The kind of movie you want to see again with the knowledge of how it all shakes out. The Lighthouse shines its way into theaters on October 18.