Based on the infamous Smalls Island Incident of 1801 'The Lighthouse' follows Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith's disastrous posting to Smalls Island Lighthouse to 'keep the light' 25 miles from land and surrounded by the deadly Irish sea. The men are stranded in a freak storm that rages for months, nothing short of an act of God. The film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness.
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It was a very enjoyable film and then the final 20-30 minutes killed it for me. Religious nonsense certainly has a way of ruining everything!! Read More
It's clear that the spooky British period piece "The Lighthouse" was aiming high. However, despite first-rate acting, cinematography and music such intended lofty status is never fully realized. Sluggish pace, repetitiveness and a dearth of incomprehensible sequences are simply too much for this film to withstand.<br/><br/>Hate to do this to such a noble effort. Yet, alas, gotta cast shade on the disappointing "The Lighthouse". Read More
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This is a story inspired by a true event in 1801, about two men in an isolated lighthouse on The Smalls - a forbidding cluster of basalt rocks 25 miles off the Welsh coast. It's glum, bleak and the narrative leads to the macabre but ultimately it's a dour and disappointing drama. It's not difficult to create drama with a two hander in a lighthouse but the director makes hard work of it.The two characters are given no real backstory so the actors are left to create what comes across as unexplained moodiness, skulking, and foreboding music for the first half hour. What is said adds very little, already telegraphed by their expressions. Trite lines are repeated, like "until the job is done" referring to inclement weather, and "we have a job to do" which isn't surprising given we know they have a job to do. Read More