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  • Amir Steklov

The Lighthouse - (2019)

Director: Robert Houston Eggers.

I was avoiding The Lighthouse for a long time because I've heard mix reviews about it.

On the one hand, most people I know and appreciate told me it's a pretentious piece of garbage. On the second hand, But some individuals praise it as a masterpiece.

My first impression lean more towards the 2nd hand. I enjoyed watching it, very much so. William Dafoe's performance is out of this world.

The mise-en-scene and cinematography are beautiful and the whole atmosphere is immersive and existential.

But I do need to watch it a few more times before I give it any kind of praise like "A Masterpiece".

The 2nd half of the film lost me at times and I got the general feeling that the film is too long.

My first analysis of the film would be about manhood, and how losing one's manhood can lead to devastating consequences.

Both male lead characters are struggling with keeping up their manhood, literally, they have trouble having erection and masterbate.

It reminds me of some men I see at the gym who lost their manhood and are now using hormones and muscle training in order to try to resurrect their manhood. Those drags are similar to the light of The Lighthouse.

Verdict: 4.5 / 5 ★ - Excellent.

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