Cert: 15 Runtime: 119 mins Director: Guillermo Del Toro Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddelston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver
Where I come from, ghosts are not to be taken lightly
Guillermo Del Toro is a visual artist that the 21st century deserves. He has made 9 feature film now from Cronos to Pacific Rim, he truly crafts from the dark corners of his mind. Crimson Peak is his latest venture and I for one have been excited for a sometime to watch it. Gothic Horror is a rare treat for any cinema lover and Del Toro wants to deliver a homage to a genre long gone. What is Crimson Peak about you ask? In 19th century England, comely young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself taken with the dashing, mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). A whirlwind romance soon leads to marriage and Thomas whisks her off to live at his forbidding, isolated mansion. Whilst attempting to acclimatise to her new surroundings, Edith begins to suspect that her new husband is harbouring his fair share of secrets, suspicions exacerbated by the presence of his sister Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Soon, she discovers that the house is haunted by mysterious entities, each of whom appears to be connected to Thomas’ past – but what is the real secret of Crimson Peak?
Crimson Peak is by far one of the most intriguing films of the year. Honestly I don’t understand some people’s dislike for Crimson Peak. From what I gather a lot of people respect Del Toro but can’t say the words I hate this film. Europe seems to have accepted Crimson Peak with open arms, it’s a great homage to cinema we grew up on *it’s not for a 21st century audience*. This isn’t Del Toro’s best by far but it crouches in my top 3 of his work. The overall design of the film is of the highest standard, the house alone is a haunting and eerie place. You really are witnessing a visual buffet of splendour with Crimson Peak. Once you witness the opening of the film you are sucked into the story and witnessing the minor details of Del Toro’s dream. The camera movement and shot choices are of a time gone by, you will always witness something new through out the film. Few issues with Crimson Peak the run time was slightly long, as it’s such a slow burn film you feel it’s longer than what it is. You do have a few plot holes which I won’t dive into. As a ghost story I wished it was slightly more chilling and eerie.
The cast were of a high calibre Jessica Chastain stole the show for me. Not the biggest Chastain fan but she was superb here. The piercing glare and her facial expressions are just haunting and mysterious. De Toro chose wisely and it’s very out of character for her. Tom Hiddelston was equally as brilliant but I did similarities in his Loki character. He is charming, smart but he does have evil running through his vains, Mia Wasikowska was slightly disappointing not the strong female lead I was expecting, she seemed rather superficial. Crimson Peak is a hybrid of a Hammer Horro with an Edgar Allan Poe ambiance. Crimson Peak is worthy of any true cinematic fans time, Del Toro’s visual artistry continues.