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There are some movies out there with all the right ingredients… that become a major flop and a great disappointment. Crimson Peak, unfortunately, is one of those movies. The film had the perfect cast and crew.

Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland) stars as the lead protagonist, Edith Cushing, a budding novelist.

 

Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) as the debonair secretive love interest Sir Thomas Sharpe.

Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, The Martian) as the eccentric sister Lady Lucille Sharpe.

 

And finally, the movie is directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim).

Quite honestly, I really wanted to like this movie and had been waiting for months to rent it. Unfortunately I was disappointed….

Here is the trailer…

Crimson Peak is a horror gothic love story set in the late 1880s. Edith Cushing is an aspiring novelist who is not taken seriously. When mysterious stranger Sir Thomas Sharpe arrives in town, she is suddenly swept off her feet where she is taken to Allerdale Hall, a crumbling mansion sinking into crimson clay. Though just as Edith begins her new married life, she becomes haunted by sinister ghosts and terrifying secrets of the past.

The biggest issue I had with Crimson Peak was the horror aspect of the film, it overpowered the gothic romantic aspect of the film. The blood and gore degraded the story line. I have read other critics say that there was little character development which I would have to agree with. The characters have so much potential, though once again, the horror aspect of the film got in the way of the story. The reveal scene at the end was not as dramatic as it could have been. It seemed to be cut short in order to allow more time for the horror scenes. Even the ending is cut short with little resolution. When the credits began to roll all I could think of was: that’s it? Nothing else?

With that said, the set design was amazing. Allerdale Hall reflected the typical gothic movie atmosphere I adore. Fun fact: the entire film was shot in Canada, one of the locations being Casa Loma! (1) . The ballroom scene in the movie was shot in Casa Loma’s library (2). The colors in every scene really reflected the dark and romantic moods prevailing throughout the film. The movie score fit perfectly. Though it was Hiddleston’s Thomas Sharpe that allowed me to watch it from the beginning to the end.

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Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Constructed from 1911-1914.

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This is a picture of Casa Loma’s indoor skylight. (Taken by me!)

I would probably give this film a score of 4.5/10. There are some elements worth watching, but the story is lacking so much that it is barely redeemable. Therefore, beware of Crimson Peak!

Until next time,

-Alice

Sources:

1-Where was Crimson Peak Filmed? – Starcasm

2- Where was Crimson Peak Filmed? – Atlas of Wonders

 

 

 

 

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