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Review: Crimson Peak Movie @ VUE

Posted by Anya Jenkins from Cardiff - Published on 04/11/2015 at 17:53
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I believe there could be two main reasons for someone to be eager to check out the new fantasy horror Crimson Peak.

First (and if you ask me, most obvious one) is a talented lead actor, Tom Hiddleston, widely known in nerd circles as Loki from Marvel Universe (Thor movies, The Avengers) plays Thomas Sharpe in the movie.

Second reason is Guillermo del Toro, the director of Crimson Peak, who's also written Pan's Labyrinth (those who have seen the movie already know what kind of genre we're talking about here). Guillermo del Toro is not new to the nerd world either; he's previously worked on the Hobbit trilogy (screenplay), as well as Hellboy movies.

The movie's plot is nothing we haven't seen before: Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) is an aspiring young writer, beautiful in her innocence and naivety. Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) is a mysterious charming stranger with dark past - you can guess the main love line in the first five minutes of the movie. One more somewhat obvious character in this love story is Edith's best friend - Dr. Alan McMichael (Hunnam) - caring for her deeply, Alan ends up being Edith's night in shining armour right when she's facing mortal danger. But let's have a closer look at the characters.

The beautiful maiden, her well-behaved childhood friend and the bewildering handsome baronet from abroad - you think you know what you're in for, but wait till Del Toro introduces Lady Lucille Sharpe, Thomas' sister - now that's a character full of secrets and bitterness, you can tell by the way she half-smiles at you from the screen. Half an hour in the movie you find yourself trying to unravel multiple plot twists and guess the relations between all of these characters (dead and alive). The director is also a master of grand finales: last ten minutes of Crimson Peak will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

Another strong side of Guillermo del Toro's movies is symbolism: from Edith's engagement ring of blood-colour to the very name of the place where the action takes place - Crimson Peak. It's safe to say the whole movie is permeated with colour crimson: after all, it is the main colour of Sharpes' House (why? I'll leave that for you to figure out).

Crimson Peak is the story of prohibited love, full of nightmarish ghosts and blood-colour substances. In case you're not a fan of creepy ghostly sounds, dark settings and brutal cheek stabbing, there's always that one Wasikowska/Hiddleston scene where Hiddleston appears on screen in all his beautiful nudity.

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Rating: 7/10

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