If you’re a Guillermo Del Toro fan like myself, you probably found yourself at a local movie theater this weekend watching Crimson Peak. Or let’s be honest, if you just wanted to see Tom Hiddleston’s bum! I won’t lie, I fell into both categories. So this Saturday I went to my local theater and saw the film. I expected greatness, this film is from the man who created Pan’s Labyrinth! Alas, I was disappointed.
1. The Ring
A big deal is made about this red stone ring in the film. However, it’s significance is never explained what so ever. At one point the ring is taken off Mia Wasikowska’s finger and you see that where the ring used to be it looks decayed. Weird right? No explanation for that. If you’re going to continually make note of something, you have to explain it to the audience at some point. To neglect to do so isn’t fair to the viewers.
2. No Explanation for the Supernatural
If you’re going to have a film filled with ghosts, a creepy house, dead bugs, and red gooey stuff seeping out of every pore of the place, you need to explain it. Sure the fact that they killed their Mother and Wife explains the ghosts, but why the dead bugs? Is Lucille an angel of death? Or a demon? Why do they stay in a place that has a gigantic hole in the roof? Who can live with sludge coming out of every crack? Are they somehow attached to the house supernaturally? Alas, no answers.
3. Strong Female
Guillermo is usually very good at creating female characters. Our heroine Edith is a writer, free thinker (especially for her time), and makes her own decisions. However, the minute her Father passes away she seems to give up all her say in life to Thomas (Hiddleston). She also doesn’t do a whole lot once she weds him. I really, really disliked when she had to be rescued by Charlie Hunnam’s character in the end. She does off Lucille, but not without asking help from Thomas’ ghost.
4. Chemistry between Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska
Pretty much since the first moment they meet and all throughout the film I never feel that Edith actually loves him. You’re supposed to buy that she’s so in love that she runs off quickly after her father’s death to be with him (all the way from Buffalo to England). On the other side, Thomas does seem to care for her, but I can’t buy that he’s swooned her into giving him all her money. He’s charming, but not that charming. It just doesn’t seem plausible, she’s supposed to be something more than some dumb girl who’s easily manipulated. But alas, she isn’t.
5. Unsatisfying Ending
All of the ghost, ghouls, mysterious brother sister relationship, and creepy red ore lead up to the answer of Crimson Peak. However, the answer isn’t satisfying at all. All you are given is that Thomas and Lucille are in an incestuous relationship. That doesn’t explain the why dead things seem to be in Lucille’s wake, or why they are so attached to the house. Why does Thomas feel such a need to harvest the ore from the ground? I left feeling like part of the movie was skipped in the theater.Your Friend, Elle