MOVIE REVIEW: “Crimson Peak” Is Packed With Surprises That Surprise No One

Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith. She is a Victorian-era novelist who falls in love with a mysterious blue blood, played by Tom Hiddleston. She travels with he and his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain) to their dilapidated mansion, which appears to be infested with ghosts. Can Edith’s love save them from that which haunts them? Or will the terrible secrets buried within destroy them all?

Well, obviously it’s the latter.

This is the latest from Writer/Director Guillermo del Toro, who has gone on a set and costume FREZY with Crimson Peak. Every scene, every shot and every actor appears to have been perfectly dressed and designed. This might be the most visually stunning movie I’ve seen this year, which would have been the PERFECT backdrop for a better STORY. See, Crimson Peak thinks it’s surprising you with ghosts and secrets but the audience knows what’s coming long before it pops out of a darkened hallway.

Crimson Peak also feels far too familiar to Mama, which Guillermo del Toro produced in 2013. Images and even sounds that were horrifying in THAT movie have been recycled here, but they’re not as scary the second time around. Crimson Peak also relies too heavily on CGI, which makes the ghosts seem cartoonish, instead terrible as they’re intended.

The actors are what save Crimson Peak from it’s own predictability. Tom Hiddleston is delicious as the dashing Thomas Sharpe. He even graces us with a bit of naked bootie. Jessica Chastain is simply TERRIFYING and proves once again that she can play anything. All of this leaves Crimson Peak with an overwhelming sense of If Only. If Only the story had been less predictable. If Only the scares had been more authentic. If Only I hadn’t seen the ghosts haunting THIS movie in movies before it, then Crimson Peak would’ve been perfect. As it stands, I’m giving Crimson Peak a C+.

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