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Running Time:
1 hour 59 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for bloody violence, some sexual content and brief strong language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A beautifully shot film with amazing atmosphere, but that is sadly where the amazement ends. This film's plotty nature and tired twists are not very interesting, and the film spends it's full two hours building up to them.

Additional Info:
Mia Wasikowska ... Edith Cushing
Jessica Chastain ... Lucille Sharpe
Tom Hiddleston ... Thomas Sharpe
Charlie Hunnam ... Dr. Alan McMichael
Jim Beaver ... Carter Cushing
Burn Gorman ... Holly
Leslie Hope ... Mrs. McMichael
Doug Jones ... Edith's Mother
Jonathan Hyde ... Ogilvie
Bruce Gray ... Ferguson
Emily Coutts ... Eunice
Alec Stockwell ... Finlay

Crimson Peak
Ghosts are real. Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) knows this from first-hand experience, as she can sense their presence like no one else. Yet her first visitation from a spectre haunts her throughout her life, as it bore an ominous warning, “Beware of Crimson Peak.” It’s a warning that could have prevented her from marrying the mysteriously handsome Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) as well as having to deal with the equally enigmatic Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain). Both have a secret that Edith is set onto the path to unraveling, with the dark gift that haunts her leading the way to the dangerous truth.

Crimson Peak isn’t the typical haunted-house film the commercials are advertising. though there are plenty of tense, scary moments that occur. Instead, director Guillermo del Toro has crafted a high-quality throwback to those intensely moody period films that were made during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Of course, the modern age being what it is, del Toro’s version of gothic romance includes brutal imagery, risque thrills, and a ton of blood that you see spilt front and center. Remove the modern trappings, though, and this film could have been made several decades ago.

A huge part of why the film works as an effective throwback to period dramas of the past is the fact that the main trio of Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain are such great actors that they understand how to pay homage to the past without mocking it. In inferior hands, the brooding and dreadful air about these characters would be reduced to a series of awkward looks. But Crimson Peak does not throw away any character, any line, or any frame of film in its quest to scare the hell out of you - while breaking your heart at the same time.

Another notable aspect about Crimson Peak are the visuals. In fact it’s probably the most colorful film you’ll see all year. The costumes, as well as the lighting that splash across them, take full advantage of the crisp HD world our eyes expect to see at the movies. Not only that, it’s also one of the most beautifully shot films of this year, as cinematographer Dan Laustsen provides us with images that move in a fluid formation that allows us to see what’s going on during all of the action.

Crimson Peak is a film that’s been made to thoroughly entertain the audience, and stand the test of time. Guillermo del Toro fans wouldn’t expect anything less, and Crimson Peak continues the standard of excellence that the director has exhibited all throughout his career. What separates it from the rest of del Toro’s films is the fact that it’s the most romantic, and the most “old Hollywood” film he's made. Crimson Peak will make you believe in ghosts, but it will also make you believe in the magic of the movies yet again.

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