Main Plot Points:
- When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
- From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a gothic romance starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.
What We Thought:
- Man is Crimson Peak a big let. I was really disappointed in the film and the more I thought about it, the more I disliked it.
- With the talent involved, I honestly don’t know how I walked out of the theater and when asked what I thought of it, responded “Meh”. I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro. I love Jessica Chastain. Tom Hiddleston is great as Loki in the Marvel films. Even Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver are in this and it’s still not good.
- I think the biggest issue is that it’s nowhere close to the film they advertise. The trailers make it seem like a horror film or at least scary. You think the house will be almost a character in itself and well it’s not. In fact it takes a while to even get to the house and then it serves no purpose.
- That’s another problem, most of what happens serves no purpose. They focus on this red clay that makes snow crimson and you think the clay will come into play. Maybe it’s magic clay and keeps them immortal or something cool. Nope. It does nothing. There’s no point to it.
- There’s no point to the machine Hiddleston wants to make to remove the clay. He needs money for the machine and parts for the machine and does the machine mean anything to the story? Nope. It does nothing.
- There’s really no point to them moving to England. Yes Hiddleston and Chastain’s characters live there, but, without spoiling “the twist”, they could have stayed in the US to accomplish their goal.
- The twist itself is lackluster. I was expecting vampires or immortality or something supernatural. Nope. I won’t spoil it, but I rolled my eyes when it came about. The only thing supernatural is Wasikowska being able to see ghosts, but even that isn’t quite necessary. She could have figured out the twist just by snooping around.
- At first I was going to give Crimson Peak a 3 out 5. It does look great, the cinematography and backdrops are great, but the more I thought about it, the more I talked about it, the more and more I realized it’s not even close to a 3 out of 5. It’s a huge disappointment.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Tom Hiddleston
- Jessica Chastain
- Mia Wasikowska
Recommended if You Like:
- Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca
- Guillermo del Toro
- Being Disappointed!