Lightning Review: Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak movie posterSynopsis
Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is the daughter of an American business man (Jim Beaver) who falls for the mysterious Englishman Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). When Edith marries Thomas, she moves to England with Thomas and his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Once in her new home, Edith realizes there is more to the house than she is being told.

Review
So far, the fall movie season has been filled with movies that have been different than I have expected. Going into Crimson Peak, I was expecting a supernatural horror along the lines of Mama, which is coincidentally another Guillermo del Toro film. However, it was much more of a suspense thriller with a supernatural element. The beginning made it look the former but it quickly became apparent that’s not what this movie was going for. Horror elements were present, only they were used to build the suspense, not to make you jump out of your seat (mostly). On that note, it did great to build the suspense, especially as it reached the final scenes. A lot of this can be attributed to the acting skills of the three main actors.

The majority of the movie was spent with Wasikowska, Hiddleston, and Chastain. My favorite was Chastain as Lucille. From the beginning, you could tell something wasn’t quite right about her. She maintains a noble poise that is unnerving but natural at the same time. I constantly found myself on the edge of my seat, not from fear but from how uncomfortable she could make me feel. Chastain really hit it out of the park. Like many of del Toro’s movies, the special effects look wonderful. I really liked how the ghosts looked. Sometimes they were just the skeletons and other times they were filled in to varying degrees but they always had these wisps coming off them. There were three different colors of ghosts: black, red, and white. I’m sure the colors mean something but I’m not sure exactly right now. Or maybe I’m looking too much into it. In any case, Crimson Peak looks beautiful and thanks to Chastain, it really keeps you looking towards what happens next.

Rating
3.5/5

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Guillermo del Toro – Writer / Director
Mathew Robbins – Writer
Fernando Velazquez – Composer

Mia Wasikowska – Edith Cushing
Tom Hiddleston – Thomas Sharpe
Jessica Chastain – Lucille Sharpe
Charlie Hunnam – Dr. Alan McMichael
Jim Beaver – Carter Cushing
Burn Gorman – Holly
Doug Jones – Edith’s Mother / Lady Sharp
Emily Coutts – Eunice

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9 thoughts on “Lightning Review: Crimson Peak

  1. Awesome review! Glad you liked this! The acting was really great! Chastain definitely was great but I think it was her role that really was written so great also. Wasikowska always has this awkward feelings in movies and its why I love her so much in movies (referring to Stoker mostly). The more I think about this, the more praise I have for it. You mentioned a lot of the elements I liked: visuals, the ghost designs, acting, the setting.

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    • Thanks! I’m glad that we agree so much on this. That’s a good point about Chastain’s part. Although I have seen well written parts acted poorly so I guess that is why I look so much at the actor. Other than Alice in Wonderland, I don’t think I’ve seen any of Wasikowska’s films. One thing I did leave out because I didn’t want it to become a full length review was I did call several of the reveals, except the baby. So that was a little disappointing for me. The jaded viewer strikes again! But luckily that didn’t take me out of the film too much. There was so much to enjoy that it didn’t even matter!

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