Hello, fellow moviegoers!
I usually try to avoid scary/horror/slasher movies; they’re not my cup of tea. I usually try to avoid them. (Whether or not I should is a debate for another time.) But this weekend, I decided to bite the bullet and see Crimson Peak. Although, this wasn’t just on a whim. I was actually a little interested in seeing it. Guillermo Del Toro is an awesome director, and I am a big fan of Tom Hiddleston. I had heard some good things about it, and it started to pique my curiosity.
Crimson Peak is the story of a girl named Edith (Mia Wasikowska) who moves to a mysterious house with her new husband, Thomas (Hiddleston). They live there alone in this massive house with only Thomas’ sister and a few of the maids to keep them company. When Edith starts to see some pretty strange things around the house, it is up to her to figure out what is truly going on, and if her husband is who he really says he is.
After seeing this movie, it occurred to me that this really isn’t a horror movie. It is a Gothic-dramatic romance, that just so happens to feature ghosts. The way that Guillermo Del Toro approached this movie seems to be that the ghosts should not be the center of the movie, the characters should. Which he definitely achieved.
The most intriguing part of the movie to me was Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain’s characters, Lucille and Thomas. They seemed so mysterious throughout the whole movie. You could definitely tell that something was going on with these two, but you never really know what. You don’t know whether you can trust them, or if they’re going to turn around and stab you in the back (literally).
Unfortunately, Edith is a pretty dull character. Which really hurts the film because the story is centralized around her. Nothing really happens to her character. She gets a warning that she ignores. Bad stuff happens. She doesn’t really change. She had no real story arc to her. It seemed like she was simply there as a vehicle to take us through the story. Which the main character usually is, but usually it is an interesting vehicle.
Where this film really thrives is with its design. The entire set of the house was so intricate, and captivating that I found myself focusing on that, rather than the story. The outfits the characters were wearing, the way that the ghosts were portrayed, and the overall visual appeal of the film was breath-taking.
Toward the middle, the film did seem to get repetitive. It seemed like every night she would go to bed, wake up see her husband isn’t there and get up and wander around with a candle while scary stuff happens. That happened four or five times throughout the film. It got very predictable rather quickly.
While the film succeeds at being scary, everything that was scary really didn’t need to be there. If you take all of the scary stuff out of the film the story remains relatively unchanged. It’s not like these ghosts motivate them to do anything. It’s more like Edith saw a ghost, Thomas tells her it was her imagination. Edith hears something spooky, and Thomas tells her it was the wind. It doesn’t really go anywhere other than that.
If you can get over its pretty simple plot and the fact that the ghosts don’t really make a difference, then you will enjoy Crimson Peak. I certainly did, it may have a few questionable elements, but it was nothing too major. It looked amazing and was completely unnerving at times.
So are you interested in seeing Crimson Peak? If you have seen it, what did you enjoy most about it? Let me know by commenting on this post!
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