Crimson Peak review

Guillermo del Toro
Mia Wasikowska
Jessica Chastain
Tom Hiddleston
Charlie Hunnam
Rated: R

In “Crimson Peak,” Mia Wasikowska plays Edith Cushing, a young woman who is whisked away to the U.K. after meeting and falling in love with a man (Hiddleston) just after a family tragedy.

As she begins living with her new husband, Thomas, and his sister Lucille (Chastain) at their gothic mansion, she begins seeing frightening and disturbing things that make her start to question her decision.

A major benefit for “Peak” is that Director Guillermo del Toro doesn’t just settle for a simple horror and instead, works in an interesting mystery that effectively builds suspense. Additionally, the movie utilizes the paranormal well, making it an aspect of storytelling rather than just using it for scares here and there.

The unraveling puzzle that flows through the story along with the well used aspect of the super natural was well balanced with the film’s heavy gothic setting and atmosphere and the result is a solid Halloween-seasoned flick.

With that said, there are some spots in the movie which hinder the overall picture. Mainly, the pacing in the film feels a bit off in places. In the first act it seems to be moving a bit too slow and as the movie gets into the second and third it picks up speed too much. It was disappointing since it made the solving of the mystery feel a bit rushed.

The leading three characters in the film are all portrayed well by Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston. Wasikowska is solid as the strong-willed Edith who faces a lot of hardships and Hiddleston is able to bring a charming presence to his character.

Chastain completely embraces her role the most, though. Her character is chilling, disturbingly so, and many times the actress steals the scene.

Technically, “Crimson Peak” is very well done. The set, which is reminiscent of the old Hammer Films, the effects and the lighting all create a good creepy atmosphere.

The film offers some good performances, solid technical points and a nice mystery, but does hit a couple snags in terms of its pacing which make the viewing experience a bit rocky. 3 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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