Written and Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Release date: October 16, 2015
Let me just get this bit out of the way first. This movie is visually stunning. It is so very appealing to the eyes. The colors are vibrant, the costumes are extravagant, and it looks completely different than so many other movies of similar genres.
Crimson Peak is a gothic romance starring, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing. In Edith’s words “It’s not a ghost story. It’s a story with a ghost. The ghost is a metaphor.”
Edith is a young aspiring writer. Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) is a struggling aristocrat who is trying to raise money for his revolutionary clay mining machine. Without giving too much away… ghost shenanigans ensue once Edith moves in with Thomas and his sister Lucille (Chastain). Hunnam plays Dr. Alan McMichael a close friend, but distant admirer of Edith.
While I wouldn’t say I found this movie particularly scary, I still enjoyed it immensely.
As I mentioned above the aesthetics were very pleasing and del Toro has a style that is just so very much his own. He’s not afraid to show you the ghost right off the bat. While I think this would have stunted other movies, it almost doesn’t matter in this movie. The true horror of this film is not the ghosts, but rather the people. Plus the ghosts look pretty damn cool.
The center piece of this movie is the conflict between Lucille and Edith, the men being downgraded to plot devices. Again trying to stay away from spoilers, Thomas plays the part of the bait and Dr. McMichael acts as a distraction. There are no damsels in distress in this movie as the climax of this movie is solely played out between Lucille and Edith.
Upon review, Coco would like for me to include that Edith was dumb for not choosing Dr. McMichael. However, she has not stopped referring to Tom Hiddleston as anything but Hiddlebutt since we returned from the theater.
In conclusion: Had Tom Hiddleston pulled his dance with a candle act on me… I probably would have fallen for it too. So, go watch this movie. It’s a feast for the eyes and its thoroughly enjoyable.
Crimson Peak is in theaters starting today – October 16th, and it’s perfect for the season.