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Review - Crimson Peak

By midlandsmovies, Dec 16 2015 09:01AM

Crimson Peak (2015) Dir. Guillermo Del Toro

With his unique aesthetic and production design Del Toro tackles the little-seen genre (these days) of the gothic horror romance.

More drama than horror (the ghosts of the trailer are a little misleading, the film stars Mia Wasikowska as a young writer (allusions to Bronte, Mary Shelley and more are the obvious parallels) who gets whisked off her feet by Tom Hiddleston’s Sir Thomas Sharpe.

Also along for the ride is Jessica Chastain as Thomas’ sister Lady Lucille Sharpe – a blunt woman with a dark past. With creepy corridors and monstrous mansions, Del Toro brings great visuals to a less than visionary tale. In all honesty, the characters have little development and you won’t need a literary degree to work out everyone’s motivations, backstory and subsequent outcome the second they step on screen.

The cast is great and the opulent interiors and wintery exteriors are a joy for the eyes but for the brain, the lack of surprises in the narrative really harmed my enjoyment of the film. That said, there are far more positives than negatives and Del Toro’s inimitable concepts (just about) keep the film from descending into a bloody mess.


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