The Lighthouse Trailer Thoughts

Richard Petro

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July 30, 2019
     2015’s The Witch was one of my favourite films of that year, perfectly capturing the essence of 1600’s New England and building a wonderfully tense atmosphere with its imagery and the concepts it explored. News of Robert Eggers follow up wouldn’t come until early 2018, with the casting of Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, with slight plot details and word of the film being shot in 35mm.
     After its showing at Cannes this year that brought endless positive words, we finally got a trailer to tide us over until its fall release.

     The film follows a lighthouse keeper (Dafoe) as he is joined by a new assistant (Pattinson) on a secluded island looking after a lighthouse, as they slowly begin to experience side effects due to the isolation. That much is known, and luckily the trailer keeps us in the dark in terms of other on-goings during the runtime, with only a few snippets of how weird things may get for the two co-workers.
     The editing on the trailer also perfectly captures the slow descent into madness, Dafoe’s repeating line of “Why’d ya spill yer beans?” being unexpectedly menacing.

     There are a few takeaways from the trailer that makes it a must to watch it multiple times. The most prominent is the cinematography. The aspect ratio is the obvious talking point, unlike what we may be used to, but beautifully capturing the atmosphere and feel of the late 1800’s setting. The setups and blocking already look wonderful as well, with many shots undoubtedly destined to end up as some of the best of the year. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it is fully utilized over the course of the runtime.

     The second most prominent takeaway is the acting. Though we get more of a focus on Dafoe, it’s obvious both men are at the top of their game. Dafoe has always been one of the best parts of any film he shows up in, and it’s great to see him continue to receive such standout roles. Pattinson, on the other hand, has been on a fantastic streak of choices, with roles that keep expanding his craft and showing why he’s one of the best young actors of this generation. As much as I’m excited to see what Eggers does with the setting and story, I’m more excited to see Dafoe and Pattinson play off of each other for two hours.

     There’s still two and a half months until we reach the film’s October 18th release date, and as excited as we were before, we’re even antsier to finally be able to see (and experience) the film in theaters.