The Lighthouse Review – An Artistic Descent Into Madness

The Lighthouse has made its way to most theaters at this point, and if you’re into the type of cinema that Scorsese is into, then you will dig this dramatic descent into madness starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

You can check out my full review below in video or scripted formats.

Hey now fans of cinema, the Martin Scorsese kind that is, Matt Heywood here to review The Lighthouse, or what I like to call a piece of high art that will make you question what the hell you just witnessed while walking out of the theater. 

First and foremost, The Lighthouse is truly a work of cinema art. The use of 35mm and the black and white presentation really compliment the film’s 19th century setting, and just added to the overall manic feel the plot opts for. 

It really features great filmmaking on all fronts, and can be appreciate for its artistic nature alone. 

Although, without the two stars, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, the dated visuals and the mysterious plot wouldn’t have hit as well as they do. 

We all know Dafoe is a pro, and he should be up for some sort of awards for his turn as the crusty old Thomas Wake, the drunken lead caretaker of the lighthouse, but I must say that anyone who thinks Robert Pattinson can’t act himself out of a paper bag needs to reevaluate their stance after seeing his performance in this film.

Dude is pretty brilliant at brining the possibly psychotic Ephraim Winslow to life. He really excels at capturing the character’s madness after being stuck on the lighthouse’s island due to a storm, and he definitely gives the best masturbation performance I’ve ever seen from an actor on film. 

Let’s just say that we should have zero doubts that this dude can act, and that he will be just fine as the next Batman. He evenly looks the part thanks to his performance in this film, so I have a newfound respect for this guy’s abilities. 

In terms of the plot The Lighthouse weaves it’s definitely one of those that will twist your brain in knots to figure out exactly what the hell is going on, but it’s done in a way that allows you to interpret the events as you see fit. 

I really don’t think there is a wrong or right answer for whatever the hell takes place in The Lighthouse between Thomas and Ephraim. If anything, it’s a perfect showcase of what going mad could look like, complete with Siren hallucinations and two men drinking kerosene because their homemade booze ran out. 

The Lighthouse is definitely cinema art, so if you just appreciate watching art in motion, you will enjoy this film. If you like movies that don’t really have a defined ending and plots full of different interpretations, then you’ll enjoy this film. If you just love watching two humans act their asses off, you will enjoy this film. It’s definitely an 8.5 out of 10 type of movie, and makes for a great theater trip during the creepy Halloween season.

Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for Entertainment Buddha, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time. 

Review Summary

Story - 7
Cinematography - 10
Sound - 8.5
Acting - 9.5
Entertainment Value - 7.5



The Lighthouse probably won't make much sense to you while you're watching it, but it sure is a work of art worth seeing, at least for the performances by Dafoe and Pattinson.

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.