Soon, madness sets in, thanks to a toxic combination of personal grievances, sexual frustration, and possibly supernatural meddling. ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. That wild ending -- and all the other allegory in Robert Eggers' 'The Lighthouse' -- explained. The image is unmistakable: Delving further in the concepts of The Lighthouse, another theory is the two main characters in the film are supposed to represent two different sides of the same mind at odds with one another. Intriguingly, when I spoke with Eggers he said, “To be honest with you, the forest resonates with me more, like instinctually, than the sea does.”. In a scene of tremendous foreshadowing, Wake takes initially hilarious umbrage at Howard’s insult of his cooking. In the movie's final shot, we see seagulls eating his innards.
And yet, the way that one specific seagull bedevils Howard, pecking on his window at night and taunting him during his daily duties, suggests there is an intelligence there greater than a simple bird. Thinking of The Lighthouse in a more metaphorical sense, the two characters in the film could be representative of the push and pull between Freud’s Ego and Id in the brain. And what's the deal with those octopus-like tentacles oozing goo? In Pattinson’s most petulant scene, he whines that he did not come here to be anyone’s wife. He has long been proud of his geek credentials. Therefore, if someone ends up killing or harming one of the birds, they will experience their own misfortune later on. The final scene features a bloody Pattinson being picked at the flesh by a swarm of seagulls or a seemingly deserted island. In particular: what the light was, that beamed inside the building? The Lighthouse is all about madness, myth, and superstition. He also imagines him to be the mermaid and the real Ephraim Winslow, but do recall that Howard first saw Wake’s tentacle tail when he spied on the old man in the tower, well before Wake prayed to the sea god. After all, Wake is always the initiate of the heavy drinking, yet he then writes in his journal that his second is habitually drunk. Ephraim, perturbed by the birds, goes ahead and bludgeons one. The Lighthouse Director Wades Through the Mysterious Ending of His Nautical Nightmare Robert Eggers guides us through what's real and what's hallucination in … Two days? He then calls on the might of Triton, the Grecian God of the Sea and son of Poseidon, to smite “Ephraim Winslow.” He demands Ephraim be “fed on by the souls of sailors” until there is nothing left and “Winslow be no more.”. The two female characters: one is literally an object that Rob's character holds and the other is the sea," he says, acknowledging that they are powerful figures. Robert Eggers’ nautical nightmare follows a pair of 19th-century lighthouse keepers — Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) — who spend their days getting drunk and feeling isolated. And so he is. Once he steals the fire (energy source of the lighthouse), a similar fate to Prometheus befalls on him. What is the first thing he does when he enters his sleeping quarters at the beginning of the movie? When he asks Tommy, “How long have we been on this rock? The truth is Pattinson’s character cannot recollect. There is also the likelihood that he is both attracted to Howard and repulsed by him. And yet, Wake forces Tommy to literally whitewash the lighthouse—making him polish the phallic shaped structure Wake refers to as “my beauty.” He also refers to the lighthouse as if it were a woman, and he was wedded to her. Ephraim climbing the lighthouse, discovering its secrets, and being eaten by seagulls is an obvious nod to Prometheus’ story. (Side note: There were actual seagull actors used in production and their names were Lady, Tramp, and Johnny.) He confronts his coworker about annoyances (that include his frequent farting) before finding Thomas’ log detailing complaints about Ephraim’s performance as his assistant. Eggers has also been open about his fondness for Jean Delville, a Belgian symbolist painter who depicted Prometheus stealing the fire from Olympus in one of his works. This post contains spoilers for The Lighthouse. "I think in the script there was a mention that it was so pleasurable it becomes absolutely terrifying," he says. "The clay figure, and the horrifying kind of crocus type of thing." They’re pushing each other’s buttons out of fear and out of threat of who they are. By that reasoning as the story progresses, his id is killed off by his ego, which cannot live without the other. Tweet Share Post Bookmark. In The Lighthouse, he is admittedly going a little bit wild with everything from the camera angles to the classical imagery. It is fun to speculate that Thomas Howard never even worked as a wickie, and this barren, treeless rock is his punishment for murdering the real Winslow. ", Pattinson shot his moment in the light at the very end of production, but doesn't have a clear answer for what Ephraim/Tommy was seeing. NBA 2K21 Quietly Adds Unskippable Ads Into Loading Screens, PlayStation 'Looking Into' Negative Feedback on PS4 Party Changes, Sony Will Update The PS5's Fan Based On Game Data, Cyberpunk 2077 Preorders Are Less Than $50 on Amazon Again, Everything Coming to Disney+ in November 2020, How Dexter's Return Can Set Things Right With Fans, Eggers revealed that the film is loosely based on a real-life event, inspired by the pulp magazines that published the works of H.P.
After his misdeeds, Zeus chained him to a rock and sent an eagle to eat his liver, which would grow back overnight for the same torture to resume the next day. We shot it right at the end, after having done such an enormous build-up to touching the light. As Robert Eggers said, the idea of the pair sharing the same name struck a chord with the writers and made them decide to make a film about “identity.”. But you know what? He outright defies Wake’s insistence that you should not kill a seabird since they’re allegedly the souls of sailors who were drowned. Which theory do you like the best in regards to The Lighthouse ending? They have a sense of guilt, of wrong. The pair end up in a violent squabble where Pattinson’s character sees a number of confusing images instead of Thomas as he beats him (a mermaid, an unknown mustachioed man – who may be the man he killed before coming to the lighthouse). I sat down with Eggers and the stars to get some insight into the movie's mysteries. While the legends didn’t interact with each other in the Greek lore, Eggers took elements from both of their stories and made them fit together. But his follow-up, The Lighthouse, is a film that holds its secrets close. "There's something about wanting something to be real so much and you are having a transcendent experience. When Howard’s refusals of playing Wake’s games are coupled with his breaking of Wake’s golden rule—wanting to see the lighthouse lantern up close—there is enough here to suggest Wake is framing Howard as crazy as a pretense to have him fired without pay. In this entry, we look deep at the ending of The Lighthouse. Now he is sprawled out along a barren seashore as seagulls and other birds of prey peck at his stomach, feasting on the entrails within. "We wanted to have a few over-the-top, on-the-nose, ridiculous genre motifs that would be enough for the audience to hold on to, and then we can hopefully, if we're successful, keep them off balance for the rest of the movie and create a lot of ambiguities," he says.
If you're still unsatisfied with the theories being presented by now, you’ve missed the point. Once again, it’s likely that Thomas Howard murdered the real Ephraim Winslow before becoming a wickie, because he has no interest in the life or respect for Wake’s seafaring superstitions. But just as Eggers says he wasn't intentionally writing a feminist allegory with The Witch, though he's happy it's been interpreted as such, he wasn't thinking of making a broader statement with The Lighthouse. Just as Willem Dafoe’s Thomas Wake promised him in their earlier graveside chat, the younger man’s fate would be downright Promethean. Also, he’s kind of mad, as well. The classical authors did that all the time. How long has he been on this rock? What. The idea of desire is also explored in a sexual way in the Lighthouse. Presumably one fowl creature is even taking bites of liver as Pattinson’s protagonist chuckles at his final damnation. In a lot of ways, he sort of wants a daddy. So I wanna say off the bat that, obviously, portions of this are personal inferences/interpretations, and in no way am I saying that what follows is the only, definitive way to watch the film. But the beauty of this reading is that if you take a literal interpretation of The Lighthouse, Wake is no more reliable than Howard.
It’s the back of his head here or a floating log there when Howard masturbates to the figurine, or it’s of Winslow’s submerged body when Howard first dreams of his aquatic siren: his two greatest fantasies always come together. Is in the throws of religious ecstasy? "It's a moment of mystical love, love for this thing that cannot be explained," Dafoe says. Happy Gilmore's Shooter McGavin: Which Adam Sandler Villain Is Worse, Coming To America 2: 7 Quick Things We Know About Coming 2 America, Armie Hammer, Lily James | Netflix's Rebecca Interviews, Ken Jeong, Phillipa Soo, Margaret Cho And More Talk Netflix's Over The Moon, Kevin James, Noah Schnapp, Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows & More | Hubie Halloween Interview, Schitt's Creek Ending: How Things Ended For Each Major Character, Dune’s Timothee Chalamet Has Set The Record Straight On Those Viral Makeout Photos With Lily-Rose Depp, Japan’s Life-Size Godzilla Attraction Is Here, Watch People Zipline Into The Monster’s Mouth, 2020 Netflix Schedule: Premiere Dates For New And Returning TV Shows, 10 Great Movies Available On Plex Right Now, Looks Like Netflix Is Even Canceling Shows That Hit Its Top 10 List Now, Looks Like The Batman Is Going To Start Filming In The States, Robert Pattinson Explains Why He Feels Like A ‘Total Failure’ Before Filming Movies, Robert Pattinson Talking About His Wild Devil All The Time Performance On Netflix Is Just Delightful, Robert Pattinson Reveals One Thing Batman Has In Common With Twilight, For details on Gateway Blend's privacy and cookie policies, please visit our, conclusion of Robert Pattinson and Willem DaFoe’s is frustrating – maddening, CinemaBlend's interview with Robert Eggers. Pattinson’s character would represent the “ego,” which is known as the part of the id that is modified directly by the influence of the external world. Is it sexual? He leads Wake on the island like a dog, telling him to bark before burying him alive.
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