The Lighthouse

Director: Robert Eggers
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 2.0

In the late 19th century, two men are stationed at a very, very remote lighthouse: elder Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and apprentice Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson), who keeps having visions of a mermaid, but when their relief doesn't arrive, they find themselves trapped and slowly going mad (they also drink too much, which doesn't help).  The cinematography is simply outstanding - they shot it in high contrast black and white 35mm with "vintage lenses" - but it's really a technical achievement and not an emotional one: the men's breakdown is predictable and their squabbling becomes tedious (they're a really bitchy couple), and all it amounts to is some half-baked Prometheus allegory.  None of this is the fault of Pattinson or Dafoe, who both bring their A-game - they just needed a fleshed out script, not a poor imitation of Ingmar Bergman.