A solid, but unfortunately advertised, movie that nowhere deserved its fate.
I had been looking forward to “Crimson Peak” ever since the movie was announced, due to the cast and Guillermo Del Toro. This was the type of movie I had been waiting from Del Toro. I was hoping to get that out of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (2011), which he only produced, but that was a underwhelming disappointment. Thankfully, a few years later, we got “Crimson Peak,” of course.
On top of this being a Guillermo Del Toro haunted house movie, “Crimson Peak” was in IMAX too, which I saw it in. The IMAX was so beautifully involving, adding a whole new layer of grandness to the movie.
Like I said above, one of my most anticipated aspects about this movie was the cast, who all did wonderful. The standout has to be Jessica Chaistain though. Charlie Hunnam’s role was more minimal than I, personally, wanted, but his amount screen time was appropriate, and he did well in the role. Mia Wasikowska was pretty bland in “Alice in Wonderland,” (2010), but this really showed how well she can do in more of a blockbuster type movie, when given the right material. Tom Hiddleston killed it as always.
My only main problem with “Crimson Peak” is the middle. The 1st act is really strong, but the 2nd act slows down a little too much for the movie’s own good. Fortunately, the movie picks itself back up for a very satisfying 3rd act.
From watching the movie, how much love and passion Del Toro poured into this is evident. The production design is jaw dropping. Everything feels as if it was transported from the late 80’s/early 90’s to the present.
All of the movie has going for it makes it unfortunate that the movie didn’t do well. The marketing advertised “Crimson Peak” as a straight up Horror movie, which it isn’t. False advertising doesn’t make a movie bad, because that isn’t the movie’s fault. Some critics just seem to have given this a negative review just cause the movie wasn’t what they expected it be too, which isn’t fair. As Del Toro described countless times, before the movie came out, “Crimson Peak” is a gothic romance, and it’s a damn good one. Go watch “Crimson Peak” if you haven’t.