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.