Has anyone else seen Crimson Peak yet? I’d been looking forward to seeing it, and I finally saw it last night, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’d read that the advertising was misleading, and it’s not as much a horror movie as the ads suggested, that it’s more of a gothic romance with horror elements, but I don’t know if that’s quite right either. It’s a hard movie to classify, but I enjoyed it, and I’m very glad for any good original film to be made when so many films are remakes and reboots and such.
Jessica Chastain was amazing in it (and she’s having an awesome month after also being great in The Martian). Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston did well although their characters were a bit underwritten. I really liked seeing Jim Beaver in a small part as Wasikowska’s dad.
But the biggest thing about the movie is how gorgeous it is. The main house is amazing, both in idea and execution. I’m almost positive the movie will be getting Oscar nominations and maybe awards for the sets and the costumes.
There does feel like there’s something missing from the movie. I did really like it, but with all the elements it seems like something I should love, but I don’t. Maybe if the script was better? Or maybe if the chemistry was better? Wasikowska and Hiddleston didn’t have bad chemistry, but things between them still seemed a bit rushed.
The ghosts were really well designed, I really liked how they did them, but for one exception:
When Hiddleston showed up as a ghost at the end, it almost made me laugh. All the other ghosts looked really good, but they were bones and bloody and grossness, and also inside the dark house, so maybe that’s why they looked better. His ghosts reminded me of the princes in Stardust, where they’d be killed and immediately show back up as ghosts, but they were all supposed to be goofy.
This isn’t a movie that I would say is a must see, but if it holds any interest for you, it would be worth seeing it on the big screen. And if you are tired of sequels and remakes and reboots, it helps to support films that are original.