Friday, October 23, 2015

CRIMSON PEAK (From The IMAX Theatre)

Crimson Peak Movie Review

Siblings Thomas and Lucille Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston (Loki from the Avengers movies) and Jessica Chastain of Mama fame, respectively) visit the States from England in hopes of making money--one way or another--for Thomas' invention. When they meet aspiring horror author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska of Alice In Wonderland), the daughter of a filthy rich businessman, they whisk her away to England and the haunted house the Sharpes reside in. This Guillermo del Toro nod to Gothic horror of days past follows the same basic path of most of those films--somebody falls in love with a mysterious person, ends up in their creepy house or castle, where creepy things begin to happen--slowly--building a mildly interesting story that erupts in a fantastic finish. But, much like the films this one was inspired by, Crimson Peak has it's share of shortcomings, beginning with this...

As a general statement I am not a fan of computer generated ghosts, and this film only reinforces my opinion on the matter. If this technique is subtle enough it can somewhat work--the ghosts in Crimson Peak are the opposite and just look--fake. I wish they had put as much effort into making the ghosts look real as they put into making the violence look authentic. Some of the scenes are horrific, and border on looking TOO real. The acting from the two lead characters is nothing fantastic, but nothing terrible either--it's pretty much what you would expect from these two, and they do what they can with the mundane interactions they have for the majority of the film--and it's always weird seeing two actors you know from primarily one prior role together on screen (one may have the thought "They could have called this movie "Alice and Loki In Love"). Chastain is the scene-stealer of the film, playing the cold as ice Lucille. The film is visually beautiful--the houses, the outside surroundings, and the clothing are all certainly visually appealing. At a minute under two hours the film seems to drag at times, and unfortunately, the "twists" can be seen coming a mile away. Ultimately, Crimson Peak turns out to be what many Gothic horror films of the 1960s and 1970s were--a just above average film that is worth watching once, but is probably not one you would watch multiple times.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6
Crimson Peak Trailer

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