Crimson Peak

3.5 out of 5 stars

Delivery is crucial in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest gothic melodrama. Thankfully Jessica Chastain seems to relish her role as Mrs. Danvers’ psychotic younger sister while Tom Hiddleston’s tortured and conflicted look is sexy and pitiful at the same time. But the film is totally Guillermo’s (with the ghosts of The Shining looming above). The set design and costumes are lavish and meticulous, sumptuous colours brimming everywhere and the cinematography captures it all exquisitely on film. This is a film so artistically and imaginatively composed that you hardly mind that the story is predictable old tosh with twists and turns that you can see from a mile away.

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2 thoughts on “Crimson Peak

  1. “Predictable old tosh”, but enjoyable all the same Patron.

    I would give it the same Star Rating, though at times I did think it had a touch of the Burtons – the Tim variety – and I don’t mean that in a complimentary way.

    USELESS TRIVIA: The Cumbersnatch was originally cast in the Hiddleston role but withdrew from the project.

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    1. PatronWong

      I know what you mean by the Burtonesque of it all but Guillermo’s has a style of his own I reckon since Pan’s Labyrinth. Did you spot the Shining moments? The corridor tracking shots and the decor? The chase in the snow in the finale? Or is it just me losing it coz all work and no play have made Alan a dull boy?

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