review: crimson peak (2015)

I’m sure you have all heard this already, but this film was a gigantic visual feast. The cinematography, set design, colouring – all absolutely gorgeous.

Synopsis (IMDB): In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.

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I love Guillermo del Toro’s films. He has this poetic style of filmmaking that I really dig. His movies are also always majestically beautiful, with vivid, seamlessly flowing images. Crimson Peak was no exception to this.

I must have to say however, the plot was not the strongest. The characters were quite stereotypical and two-dimensional, and the entire story was very predictable, to be honest. We had the heroine, the heroine’s lover – fighting an internal battle between evil and good, the lover’s personal “demon”/sister, and the underdog hero who was good and there all along. Pretty cookie cutter.

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However, I think the basic plot was executed well. The acting and direction throughout the film was pretty strong, in my opinion. It helped carry the film through and prevent it from crashing. I do have to say that while the plot was basic, I did thoroughly enjoy this – very much so.

Also. Tom Hiddleston’s butt… ;)

just my rating: ★★★★

Other reviews on Crimson Peak:
The Geeked Gods: Review: Crimson Peak (2015)
Much Ado About Not Much: Review: Crimson Peak
Aled Warren Films: Crimson Peak

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