Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Written By: Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.
It’s been a while since I’d heard anything regarding Crimson Peak, so when I had the opportunity to watch and review it, I was pretty excited! Admittedly, it’s not my favorite film of all time, but I did actually enjoy it. The trailer is rather misleading, as it jumbles up the timeline a bit, but it was intriguing nonetheless. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) is wonderful as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer of a ghost story and a loving daughter of her widowed father. Twice in her life, Edith is visited by her mother’s spirit, who warns her of a place called Crimson Peak. The words don’t hold much meaning until she meets Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) and his sister, Lucille (Chastain). While I enjoyed the film and the mystery of it all, I wish the fact that Thomas and Lucille had a secret agenda wasn’t as obvious from the very beginning. It was missing the shock factor for me. Also, who the heck would live in an ancient home with red clay seeping through the walls and floor boards?? Calling the estate Crimson Peak because of the clay turning the fallen snow red was enough for me. Despite that, I still thought the storyline was interesting, and the actors were all fantastic! I would definitely recommend checking it out.