It’s the late 19th century off the coast of New England. A man prepares for his first stretch as a lighthouse keeper on a small island. The old caretaker makes it clear that he is in charge, but soon the new arrival notices strange habits. The two men become increasingly at odds with each other as the season stretches into what feels like an eternity. Days start to blur together as the line between reality and illusion becomes less and less noticeable.
Robert Eggers has become a fan favorite in recent years since his breakout project The Wtich in 2015. The Lighthouse is Eggers’ sophomore picture and what a picture it is. Starring the insanely talented duo of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, this movie is a 100-minute descent into hyper-stylized madness. Eggers followed up The Lighthouse with The Northman.
The Lighthouse is available to stream on Prime Video ($).