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.
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.
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