The Lighthouse movie 2019, is a dark, moody sort of film. Of course, if you're a lover of lighthouses, The Lighthouse, released in 2019 is a must-see. Certain films just are! It's an intense film. If you're not up for feeling a bit out of sorts that day - maybe view it another time. We sort-of felt that way after watching!
You may be puzzled by some scenes, stunned by some, and perhaps somewhat disgusted by others. We felt a bit of those emotions. Is it a suitable family lighthouse film? Certainly not for the very young. Perhaps for teens who are mature, but maybe parents should watch it on their own first. Then decide
Take a look, first, at the production, cast, and exactly what the movie is about. Let's delve into The Lighthouse movie 2019.
With two forceful main actors playing lead roles, the 2019 film The Lighthouse doesn't have many more speaking roles. It centers on two main characters, Thomas Howard and Thomas Wake. Both having that same first name is part of the plot you'll want to recall. Particularly when you view the film. Here's the cast:1
The Lighthouse movie of 2019 received an Oscar nomination. Jarin Blaschke, Director of Photography, received it for Best Achievement in Cinematography. Overall, The Lighthouse movie from 2019 received over 131 varied nominations from sundry organizations. Some of the more memorable are:
Set in the 1890s, at a lighthouse island off the New England coast. Lighthouse Keeper Thomas Wake and inexperienced, new-hire Assistant Keeper, Ephraim Winslow, arrive by boat to change crew for their 4-week shift.
Right away dialogue between the two is somewhat tense, with attempts to be pleasant. The experienced man egging on the new-hire about keeping his place in learning the job. Knowing this important fact: it's only the Head Keeper's responsibility to deal with the lens. The new-hire should never go to the lantern room. Winslow thinks that's odd, but doesn't worry much. He lies down to sleep, discovering a mermaid figurine, saving her in his pocket. He wakes that night after a strange dream and believes he sees Wake unclothed, heading to the lantern.
Just the start of all the strange events that deteriorate with time.
Winslow tasks are the most onerous, even emptying both chamber pots. He must carry fuel drums up many stairs. A seagull begins continually pestering him. Wake warns him not to harm it, as that would bring bad luck.
The week sees further oddities: Winslow often masturbates with the figurine as stimulus; Wake seems to have sexualized passion for the lighthouse lens! He's seen naked on the gallery and moaning in the lantern room.
In a dinner discussion Winslow discovers he replaced a keeper who died after going insane. Wake starts suspecting Winslow wanted to learn Lighthouse Keeping because he was on the run. The two have further dinner conversations, with alcoholic drinks.
Finally it's morning, next-to-last day of their shift. Winslow finds a dead seagull jamming up the flow of light power oil. While removing it, the seagull that's been annoying him flies down attacking. Winslow grabs it, slamming it on a rock 'til it's dead.
That afternoon there's an eerie calm, Wake anticipates it's before the storm. They prepare by boarding up. Then start a drinking binge to get through the gale. They get very drunk. Arguing ensues about letting Winslow see the lantern room, etc.
Next day the storm continues. No boat arrives for shift changing. When starting tasks, Winslow sees a naked woman's body's washing up onshore. He discovers it's a mermaid! Winslow's back at the quarters to find Wake complaining their food is out, they must retrieve buried stores. They get them, finding only alcohol.
The drinking continues, the arguing gets worse. Winslow criticizes Wake's cooking, leading to a lecture onslaught from Wake.
One night Winslow slyly climbs the steps to get into the lantern room when Wake's asleep. The door's locked. But he's close enough to view the lens, producing a kind-of psychedelic effect on him.
The storm continues, there's more drunken conversation. Wake emotionally pressures Winslow to admit his name can't really be Ephraim Winslow. It's that he's on the run for murder, and he took the murdered person's name. Winslow must really be Thomas Howard. So more fighting.
Winslow goes off, accidentally breaking his mermaid figurine. He seems to have lunacy perhaps (?) type visions: he retrieves a lobster pot with the dead keeper's head. Finally, on the sly, he tries getting the lantern room key, but can't do it.
He decides to leave the island on his own. Wake sees him getting out the lifeboat. Wake comes with an ax, destroying the boat, then chases Winslow who runs into their quarters. Wake argues Winslow was chasing him with the ax, destroying the boat. Next we see them partying again, until storm surge waves crash through the windows.
HOW IT ENDS
Next day in the flooded quarters, Winslow finds Wake's lighthouse log. He sees an entry stating Wake doesn't intend to pay Winslow. He confronts Wake, who says he knows Winslow killed the seagull, bringing them this bad luck. They begin fighting as Winslow hallucinates Wake as various seafaring figures. Winslow overcomes Wake, gets him in a ditch, retrieves his key and enters the lighthouse.
Wake recovers and starts attacking Winslow with the ax, but is outmaneuvered and fatally hacked instead. Winslow climbs the lighthouse stairway to finally enter the lantern room. Viewing the lens, he gets a delirious look on his face, starts laughing hysterically, then falls backwards down the steps.
It's his ending, on the rocks, naked with a pecking seagull taking vengeance at him.
A tremendous amount of reviewers gave their opinions about The Lighthouse, this 2019 released movie about two lighthouse keepers on a small, lonely, windswept island on New England's coast in the late 1890s. Let's see what some of the more well known have said:
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