Film Review: Crimson Peak

CaptureGuillermo del Toro’s new feature spreads its wingspan across several genre boarders, being branded a gothic horror fantasy romance, and it wonderfully ticks all of the boxes it claims to be.

Mia Wasikowska leads the story as Edith Cushing, an aspiring author held back by her gender. She soon meets the alluring and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) as he arrives at her father’s offices with the offer of a business deal for her father (Jim Beaver). Edith and Thomas take a liking for one another, all whilst Edith’s father is wary of Thomas, suspecting that he is not the typical English gentleman he seems on the surface. Despite this, however, Edith marries Sir Thomas and moves to England with him and his withdrawn and reclusive sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Soon, Edith finds that her father was right all along, and everything is not what it seems with the Sharpe family and their history.

Crimson Peak, as with many other examples of del Toro’s work, is extremely aesthetically pleasing; in both its costume design (Kate Hawley) and cinematography (Dan Laustsen) through to the the beautiful architecture of the Sharpe family home, Allerdale Hall, the film demonstrates pure visual pleasure. However, with a growing reputation for being frightening yet being packed with ineffective jump scares, the film failed to deliver as being scary. Much like del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Crimson Peak is more focused on a masterful aesthetic as opposed to consistent petrifying horror.

What did you think of Crimson Peak?

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– Heather Thornton


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