Young novelist, Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is completely distraught by the death of her father and feels that she needs to get away from everything and is due for a change. Things really start to change for her when she decides to move to England with her new husband, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). At first Edith was very against Thomas because there was something very iffy about him and he was incredibly close to his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Edith agrees to marry him and off to England they go, to live in a house that obviously has some dark secrets. Edith also has a very dark and scary witch that is constantly following her around. Edith eventually finds out what the real issue with Thomas and Lucille is and she has to do everything she can to make sure she stays alive and can leave the house.
Crimson Peak is a horror movie that I have been looking forward to seeing for quite sometime, but it did absolutely nothing to impress me or let alone scare me. Having Guillermo Del Toro as a director had me really excited for this because I really enjoy some of his other work, but with Crimson Peak, there is no evidence that he is a good director. All this movie does is drag on and you have no idea which direction it is going to take you, which is definitely great for some films, but it absolutely did not work for this one. The only really scary part about this movie was that the house, which very much resembled the haunted house from The Woman In Black, was actually creepy.
The acting is something else that I really had a lot of problems with. Jessica Chastain is great in this and she is my favorite thing about this movie. She’s always pretty great in everything she is in, so I never really questioned her with this. As far as Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska go, they absolutely disappoint you in every way possible. I definitely think that Wasikowska is a solid actress, but you do not see any kind of evidence that would show how good she is or what she is capable of. The same goes for Hiddleston. I never thought he was God’s greatest gift to acting, but he just disappoints you throughout this entire film and you are only annoyed with him.
It is definitely hard to say that Crimson Peak is a total disaster because even though it is not great. there is still something that is partially enjoyable about this. I was just expecting so much more out of this given the director and the actors. Even the scares,a s limited as there were, were not all that great. Crimson Peak just went for your typical jumpy scenes and it did not work. The scenery is definitely great to look at, which is typical for a Guillermo Del Toro film. That is why I think this movie was not a disaster. The cinematography is what keeps you kind of invested in this film, but sometimes that does not always work. If you are a Guillermo Del Toro fan, then this is something you need to check out.
Overall, Crimson Peak is beautiful to look at, but with poor acting, writing and a boring story, this movie does not do all that much to impress you and is absolutely not the film that it was hyped up to be.