Crimson Peak is a movie about Edith Cushing, a young woman, aspiring author that believes in the existence of ghosts and with a good reason. I guess that’s all I can say without giving out more than the first few minutes in the film do.
Mia Wasikowska portrays Edith and she captures her carefree spirit with a great performance. Moreover in the two supporting roles of Lucille and Thomas Sharpe, are Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston respectively, who excel with superb performances. All three characters are very different and the dynamic between them is incredible at times, very much intensified by the amazing acting by all three actors and mostly Chastain.
At the core of any Guillermo Del Toro movie, there is a great story accompanied by amazing production design, costumes, and Crimson Peak is no different. Everything is just so incredible to look at, it just adds so much to the authenticity of the setting, making it feel as real as possible.
The plot unfolds a bit slowly at the beginning. It takes a long time to get to the real deal and even though we know something bad will happen just from the opening scene, half of the movie is building to that moment. From one point of view, that’s a good thing because we get to explore and understand the characters and their actions better, but on the other hand, when we reach that final act and all hell breaks loose, it’s so intense and suspenseful that you just wished there was more of that. I guess making the viewer wait makes it even better in the end.
A creepy gothic romance, that doesn’t care about jump scares and silly horror tricks, there just isn’t time for any nonsense in this story driver film.