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The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse

There is enchantment in the light. 2019/10/18 110 min.
7.7

Synopsis

The Lighthouse, which is a fictionalized account of the lives of pirates and their prey, may be most well-known for being a movie that a lot of people saw on television. There are other reasons why people should watch the movie, though. Some of the more famous aspects of the book are incorporated into the movie, but it's actually very easy to tell the difference between the two. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most notable aspects of the movie.

Let's start with the basics of the movie. It was written by Ted Conover, a retired judge, who eventually became the president of Harvard University. Like all good novels, the story focuses on a central conflict - the question of justice and accountability - and then it works around that conflict to give the reader a deeper understanding of why the characters behave the way they do. We see that pirates and their victims are somewhat similar people in many ways, and in that way we can start to understand what makes some people more suitable than others for being a part of the pirate crew. After all, we often hear about men being unable to control their urges, even when they know they shouldn't, and we can use this metaphor to better understand what those men are like.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is how it incorporates so much of the ancient culture of West Africa and the Caribbean into the story. For example, the pirates "knew" that their prey was in a much better position to give testimony against them than ordinary sailors. Thus, while pirates were confident that they would never be captured, they still felt the need to keep that conviction alive.

In the movie, the more detailed and historical details are toned down for the sake of pacing, but one of the most interesting parts of the book is how the fictional characters use their knowledge of the past to understand modern world problems. For example, Captain Hector Barbossa first meets William Belcher after having lived in the Bahamas as a native. Belcher had a rather poor view of what was going on in the Caribbean, but after meeting and talking to him, he becomes convinced that there is a huge problem to be solved.

As the story moves forward, we get to learn a lot more about Belcher's life and where he came from. We get to understand his beliefs and the various conflicts that he has encountered, including some that have never been mentioned before. We even get to learn about his relationship with Sir Francis Drake, which gives us a very special insight into the pirate culture.

When it comes to the captain of the general ship, we're presented with a very interesting character in Edward Young. While Young was not, as you may have guessed, a member of the original crew, he proves to be a fascinating character, one whose intentions and motivations are actually quite sinister.

In terms of authenticity, the movie does a much better job of capturing the spirit of the book. Some of the historical details are merely lifted from the original text, but the great majority of the text is new. In fact, there are certain points where the movie deviates slightly from the novel, but this only serves to enhance the overall experience of reading the book, rather than undermining it.

So The Lighthouse, like many great book, takes a few things from its source material and then transforms them into something even more interesting. The same goes for the movie, and one of the ways the movie surpasses the novel is in the way it relies so heavily on the great story. In this way, the movie works on the level of a story, rather than a typical movie.

Original title The Lighthouse
TMDb Rating 7.7 1059 votes

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