1 hour 59 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for bloody violence, some sexual content and brief strong language
Mia Wasikowska ...
Jessica Chastain ...
Tom Hiddleston ...
Charlie Hunnam ...
Dr. Alan McMichael
Jim Beaver ...
Burn Gorman ...
Leslie Hope ...
Doug Jones ...
Jonathan Hyde ...
Bruce Gray ...
Emily Coutts ...
Alec Stockwell ...
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
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
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.