‘The Lighthouse’ shines for Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe

Robert Eggers psychological drama “The Lighthouse” is a showcase for its two stars: Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. In this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale, they play two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. They clearly loved this material and give absolutely everything to it. They take risks and sport spotless accents (impressive, in particular, from the British Pattinson) in this edgy thriller that will be release by A24 on October 18

Both of their CVs are populated with well-reviewed independent films like “The Lighthouse,” which they made after mainstream career boosts (Dafoe in 2003’s “Spider-Man,” Pattinson in the “Twilight” series; he will also be returning to the world of franchises in Matt Reeves‘ upcoming Batman movie). You can see Pattinson’s career evolving into one like Dafoe’s.

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While Pattinson has yet to reap an Oscar bid, Dafoe is coming off consecutive nominations for his supporting turn in The Florida Project” and his leading role in “At Eternity’s Gate.” He contended twice before supporting for for “Platoon” (1986) and “Shadow of the Vampire” (2001). And he could well be back in that race for this film.

One advantage he will have to win Best Supporting Actor is that his role as the embittered Thomas Wake is so substantial. Dafoe is certainly overdue to be recognized by the academy. Winning for “The Lighthouse” would reward him for making so many independent films.

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Pattinson has worked tirelessly to leave the “Twilight” series that launched his career behind. Since then, he has given well-received performance in such varies films as David Cronenberg‘s thriller “Cosmopolis” (2013) and Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars” (2015), and the Sadfie brothers crime drama “Good Time.”  Think of his trajectory as similar to that of Andrew Garfield: another  young British actor with an adoring fan-base who starred in a critically-panned franchise to then turn in a number of praised performances and earn an Oscar nomination.

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