Mia Wasikowska in a scene from the movie Crimson Peak.
Mia Wasikowska in a scene from the movie Crimson Peak. Universal Pictures

Movie review - Crimson Peak

BRIGHT young woman Edith Cushing is running away from a family tragedy.

Edith is smart and independent, and she aspires to become a writer, but things are still not so easy for a young woman in the early days of the United States of America as a free colony at the turn of the last century.

She marries Thomas Sharpe, a mysterious stranger from England.

She comes to live with him and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe.

It is just after she arrives to their dilapidated (and eerie estate) that she starts to find out that the Sharpe's home is filled with ghosts.

But has Edith encountered the old house's spirits or did she bring her own ghosts with her?

As with previous films by director Del Toro (The Devil's Backbone in 2001 and Pan's Labyrinth in 2006), this is a visually compelling film, where colour (in this case crimson red) is used to represent psychological and emotional moods.

But the eerie simplicity of Pan's Labyrinth and its solid and original script are not repeated here.

Despite the fantastic cast doing their best to bring life to their characters, and Del Toro offering a visual feast, mixing horror and beauty, the story feels somehow shambolic.

Reportedly, Del Toro wrote 11 or 12 versions of the film before settling on the final draft.

He was coming up with new scenes during production.

This is an old project for Del Toro, who wrote the original script with Matthew Robbins in 2006, after Pan's Labyrinth was released.

However, the movie was postponed for almost seven years so that Del Toro could work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012-2014).

This film is so visually enthralling and the cast so exceptional that we were obliged to forget some of the plot weaknesses.

Do expect nightmares in vivid colours after watching this film.

This is, still, a horror movie, but one that is superbly enticing to the eye.

Movie details

Crimson Peak

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Reviewer: Javier Encalada

Verdict: 3.5/5

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