Magazine November 25, 2019, Issue

The Lighthouse’s Maritime Mythology Doesn’t Deliver

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse (A24)

There are movies that as a critic you wish you could recommend in pieces, but not as a full-on start-to-finish experience. “This movie isn’t worth the ticket price and two hours in the dark, but if you come upon it on HBO or it pops up on Netflix you should watch a few scenes to get the flavor!” That’s not a blurb that will end up on many movie posters, but there are cases in which it’s the only reasonable response.

And it’s my recommendation for viewers considering The Lighthouse, an exercise in highbrow horror that stars Robert Pattinson and Willem

This article appears as “Island Nightmare” in the November 25, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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