Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe.   |  Reality only starts going topsy-turvy after the night Thomas gets Ephraim drunk for the first time.

Often people analyze "fire" in this legend as a metaphor for knowledge, with literal light standing in for the  "illumination" or "enlightenment" of mankind.

After a while the stocks begin to run low. Otherwise nature always wins. | William Dafoe's Thomas could drive anyone to insanity.

Marooned on a remote peninsula and haunted by frightening specters, a young man must confront the grotesque denizens of the night, or heed the Lighthouse Keeper's cryptic warning to, 'Always keep a light burning!'

On the Moby Dick front, similar to the whale, the lighthouse can be seen as a symbol for man's hubris in trying to overcome or conquer nature's most powerful forces.

We haven't even mentioned the influence of H. P. Lovecraft, which is all over this movie as the director admitted in several interviews.

Religious nuts will believe that god struck him down. Regardless of how it happened, the guilt from this death seems to weigh on Ephraim to the point of driving him over the edge. Thomas Griffiths: Religious nuts will believe that some god delivers him......into a permanent state of insanity. Or to a... You get the idea.

Religious nonsense certainly has a way of ruining everything!! He might've even cursed Ephraim to this fate in that moment — all because the younger man didn't like his cooking. External Reviews It shows how difficult the life of a lighthouse keeper was and the good work they did to save lives of passing boats and ships. It's also just as likely that both Thomas and Ephraim are having a shared delusion. Weird and Moody Historical Movie (Very Minor Spoilers). On the subject of the final sequence, man's hubris, and light, Eggers told Vox that he wrote Ephraim to represent the Greek mythological figure of Prometheus and Thomas as Proteus. He constantly refers to the lighthouse as she/her, equating her to a better wife than any living woman. But we'll do our best to be a beacon of light guiding you through the darkness of this storm. It's true.

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There is a major turn of events for the characters, at which point the appeal is quickly lost.

Or is it just imagination/hallucinations? This is a story about Nature vs. god - Nature wins. Yes it is about two lighthouse keepers stuck in a lighthouse 25 miles from land off the coast of Ireland. What is said adds very little, already telegraphed by their facial expressions. If anything can be said to be "obvious" about this movie, it's the undeniable and mounting homoerotic tension between Thomas and Ephraim. The phallic symbols speak for themselves here. Since it's shot in one room basically with two actors doing pretty much nothing, why were there 8 companies involved? With Mark Lewis Jones, Michael Jibson, Ian Virgo, Joshua Richards.

Ephraim finds the previous wickie's decapitated head in a fishing net, so Thomas is now faced with a witness to his crime. And for better and for worse. If you're shocked about this one being based on a true story, you're not alone.

Movie News: Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Michael Fassbender in 'Kung Fury'; Watch New 'Ready Player One' Trailer. Pattinson prefers this read on the story, with Eggers telling Den of Geek that, "Robert Pattinson said to me before agreeing to this, ‘I don’t want to make a movie about a magical lighthouse. We start to question whether he's deliberately pushing Ephraim into insanity after hearing of how his last wickie died. (Though let the record show that the movie *did* take creative license with some key facts).

But it's kind of fun to see the small similarities and how Robert Eggers direction makes for a far more interesting story on so many levels. Why would Thomas keep killing his assistants?

Thomas isn't just the perfect archetype of an old seafaring man; he also makes that uncannily accurate prediction for how Ephraim will die at the end of the movie. In the scene where Thomas runs at Ephraim with the ax, he tells an alternate version of events where he's actually the crazed ax murderer before then destroying the lifeboat that was his only chance at leaving to tell authorities the real story. It's glum, bleak and the narrative leads to the macabre but ultimately it's a dour and disappointing drama. Well presented with a magical relationship between them albeit belligerent at times. Seven Men, Thomas Howell.

17 February 2018

Lighthouses were designed to help ships navigate the dangers of the sea. What is said adds very little, already telegraphed by their facial expressions. "It was pretty explicit in the script. Two men are sent to a remote island - well, to a remote heap of rocks - in order to man a lighthouse. Or rather, as straightforward as this movie gets.

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