Welcome to yet another hauntingly beautiful world created by Guillermo del Toro. The man behind visual masterpieces such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim is back again with a film that oozes all kinds of style while also managing to be terrifyingly creepy. Although it may be a little easy to see the track the film will take throughout the 2 hours, Crimson Peak is a refreshing take on the gothic romantic horror and is able to reverse some tropes that were underlying within the genre.
Guillermo del Toro was quoted as saying that past films of the genre were “brilliantly written by women and then rendered into films by male directors who reduce the potency of the female characters.” It is obvious that he is taken this to heart as Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska are dominant forces throughout the film, both playing intriguing characters. Performances from the entire cast are rather good, with Tom Hiddleston doing his best to be as un-Loki as possible, successfully breaking the bond.
Above all else the film is a spectacle, a feast for the eyes. Laden with gothic imagery, it is a truly fascinating world of stunning visual creativity. Del Toro’s imagination is something to behold. From the set design to the creatures he creates, there is nothing quite like a del Toro film. Whether it is the Pan’s Labyrinth or Pacific Rim, the visual style is just a class above with every detail being slaved over to create an incredible world.
If there is something that doesn’t live up to the rest it may be the shallow nature of much of the story. Whereas many of del Toro’s previous works have been rich with a deep underbelly just as Pan’s Labyrinth had children creating fantasy worlds to escape the harsher realities of life, Crimson Peak doesn’t delve into anything past the shallows. And this is fine, as the story is enough to get by and is led along by the surroundings that will keep you engaged.
More creepy than scary, the film feels accessible. For one, I absolutely hate horror films. I can’t deal with a jump scare nor am I great with anything ghost related. Crimson Peak however, even with its supernatural elements and scary performances, feels unlike many horror films I have tried.
More than just a movie, Crimson Peak is an experience. It will freak you out, creep you out and gross you out but you won’t be put off. Now we must eagerly await the next concoction del Toro stirs together!
An imagination that just won't stop, del Toro brings together yet another insanely creative world to be immersed in.