Yesterday (Saturday 24 October 2015), I went to watch the movie Crimson Peak. The trailer gave me an impression that this movie was a horror thriller with ghosts haunting a house and its tenants. The movie was a supernatural thriller with ghosts here and there in a few scenes but they were more of messengers rather than horror inducers.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy movie series, and Pacific Rim fame) who also wrote the screenplay together with Matthew Robbins, this period flick had Guillermo’s signature touch all over the movie like his Hellboy movie series with the huge and detailed sets of the dilapidated England villa on the Crimson Peak, the olden time New York, the snow storm-filled exterior and the portrayal of the ghosts in different shades and makes. Dan Laustsen’s cinematography and Brandt Gordon’s art direction created such delight to the eyes to watch this movie on the big screen.
The seduction of Edith Cushing (played brilliantly by Mia Wasikowska) by Thomas Sharpe (played by Tom Hiddleston) and then the couple marrying and moving into Thomas Sharpe’s mystery-filled huge villa reminded me many times of the 1980s mega hit Bharathiraja-directed Tamil psychological thriller movie Sigappu Rojaakal. This movie had a few shades of that Tamil movie I felt, although both had different stories.
Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of the chilling, cold-blooded and cunning Lucille Sharpe, Thomas Sharpe’s sister was excellent with her expressions and the delivery of her dialogues. The other casts did their roles as needed. I enjoyed the dialogues at many parts of the movie, the beautiful English words and descriptives were clear and delight to my ears. After a very long time do I hear such beautiful English delivered so beautifully by Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jim Beaver (Edith Cushing’s father) and Jessica Chastain.
The story is not something extraordinary, but it is watchable, but be prepared for a few gory scenes. Overall, I enjoyed this movie and it is something that has to be watched on the big screen.
KRN Movie Rating: 3/5 stars