Both of these films were very important and very anticipated for me.
Both were very confronting and disturbing.
The Joker faced mental illness ‘head on’ and I’m not even sure I want to see it again….a bit like ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’…another confronting film, but also brilliant.
I saw the lighthouse today….and after the film I asked the man sitting next to me what he thought of the film. He said: it was the second most disliked film he has ever seen. He also said: the psychotic-ness was particularly bad.
….and afterwards I remembered the joker was also rather psychotic.
Three of the things about the lighthouse are: It’s filmed in 1.19:1 ratio, using black and white film, and the actors rarely blinked. The non-blinking was very noticeable and made the film so much more intense.
The rampant alcohol consumption also reflected my past alcoholism….and I could really relate to the madness and mayhem.
With both films… If I was acting in the roles, I would be permanently scared, both emotionally and mentally….so hats off to these amazing actors which I know and love. The lighthouse was a bit like David Lynch, meets Lars Von Trier, meets Ingmar Bergman.
The soundtrack was absolutely brilliant.
Both films had me wondering….are films becoming more disturbing or not?