When I saw the trailer for this film I was really excited to see it, I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s work as his standards for special effects in film are so high. I mean look at the above poster, even the promotional work is beautifully designed.
Mia Wasikowska plays Edith Cushing, a young aspiring author that is drawn to a mysterious stranger. This stranger is Thomas Sharpe a English inventor played by Tom Hiddleston. There’s an instant attraction between the pair and when I say instant I mean it doesn’t take long for them to become engaged and married in the film, I know it was different back in the day but come on! She then moves into his family home, Crimson Peak. Thomas lives with his sister Lucille, played by Jessica Chastain. Their family home is a large mansion but it’s in need of a lot of restoration, we’re talking holes in the roof here so the family are clearly not the wealthiest.
The house is very eerie and there’s clearly more to this family than meets the eye. Edith is a very curious character, probably because she’s a writer with imagination and looking for inspiration. This film was sadly very predictable and not as creepy as it could have been. I feel that del Toro should have an 18 age rating in his films because this allows him more freedom to be scarier and darker with both his stories and visuals.
The casting was OK, Mia Wasikowska has innocent yet feisty down in most of her films. Hiddleston is always going to be able to play a English Gentleman well with that voice… The rest of the cast work well, I just feel that the script didn’t do them justice.
It’s a bit long winded really, you’re just waiting for something to happen and when it does it’s like I mentioned earlier, predictable. There were no surprises for me in this film and it did disappoint me as I was looking forward to it so much.
The effects are beautiful, probably the best thing about this film is the style of it. The costumes, sets and character designs are amazingly detailed but I expect nothing less when watching a del Toro film, just look at Hellboy.
Overall it’s not the worst film del Toro has done (I’m looking at you Pacific Rim) but it’s certainly not his best either. If you want something just simple to watch but with nice visuals then sure, give this a go but don’t expect the story to blow you away.
Perfect Popcorn Score –I’m giving this a six, like I said not his best work but worth a watch for the visuals…the story not so much.. – 6/10.