Hey movie lovers,
I recently watched Crimson Peak because I, like so many females will support Tom Hiddleston in anything he does. But with Guillermo del Toro, stunning visuals and a suspenseful Gothic tale, Crimson Peak would have shone whoever had been the leading man.
Back in the day, I used to have an inclination towards Gothic Romances. I would dash home from school, especially thrilled if it was a rainy late afternoon to read about females drawn into supernatural elements, either conquering them or joining them to make for an epic love affair.
My interest for the truly Gothic tales has dwindled somewhat but when Crimson Peak came around, with Tom Hiddleston playing a mysterious character with a dark past, I had to jump on the opportunity to watch it.
Crimson Peak follows the young, aspiring novelist Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) who meets and falls for the handsome and charismatic Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). After her father’s mysterious death, Sharpe marries her and takes her with him to Britain to live at his Gothic mansion, Alderton Hall, more famously known as Crimson Peak. What Sharpe doesn’t know is that Edith can communicate with ghosts. What Edith doesn’t know is that Sharpe and his sister, Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain) have deadly secrets living within the dark halls of the mansion.
21st century Hollywood now has a notorious reputation of ruining movie adaptations of novels and even the great Guillermo del Toro is imperfect so I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this movie except maybe a nice little Tom Hiddleston sex scene.
But once you’ve watched it, you realize that del Toro, his crew and cast nurtured the Gothic tale from the beginning to the end. Each line, each scene, each emotion was carefully crafted to create a long-lasting impression on the audience long after they have left the theatre.
In fact, I kept staring at the end credits hoping for an extra scene to pop up like the Marvel movies. I was still stuck in the Crimson Peak world and I didn’t want to leave!
Crimson Peak is one of those movies that makes living worthwhile. The world can be cruel but it is nice to be reminded of the brilliance of human imagination. Thanks, Guillermo del Toro, for this reminder.
Crimson Peak is still in theatres. Go see it and get your life, people!