Miss Scarlet in the basement with a knife
Village Jam Factory, 17/10 11:10am
Running time: 119m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong bloody violence)
Release date: 15/10/15
Cost: $11 (Village vouchers)
Rating: 4/10 (ME 2/5, DP 2/5)
Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is an aspiring writer in early 20th century America. She meets the dashing yet creepy Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and falls in love (awww) and, after the death of her wealthy father (Jim Beaver), returns with him to England to take up residence in the family's crumbling home with his even creepier sister Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain). The house holds the secrets of the siblings' past and Edith tries to piece together the clues before it's too late.
Crimson Peak is a supernatural gothic thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. The plot is intriguing and the film is visually splendid, but the script is as appalling as the acting. There are few surprises as Mia Wasikowska goes from one flouncy Victorian outfit to the next (did someone say "leg of mutton sleeves"?) while the motives of the evil siblings are very slowly revealed. Very slowly. Attempts at creating suspense are replaced by gore and ghosts in more flouncy Victorian leg of mutton sleeves with creepy pointy fingers. Ooh, scary. The sweeping orchestral soundtrack adds quality... until it's used in every scene all the way through. There are very few surprises left after the trailer and the quality of the production (and it is certainly a visual feast) far outshines the quality of the writing.
At the beginning of the film, Edith is visited by the creepy ghost of her mother who whispers the warning "beware of Crimson Peak". Very good advice. (ME)