Halloween is fast approaching and nothing is better for the holiday than a Gothic Violent Love Story! I give Crimson Peak an A.
Edith Cushing is the spoiled and pampered bluestocking daughter of a self-made industrialist. Always fascinated with ghosts, she’s aware of their existence and believes in their warnings. She fancies herself an author and looks down on society’s trappings until she meets Sir Thomas Sharpe. His interest in her writing, gives him a way into her life and possibly into her father’s fortune.
Sir Thomas Sharpe and his sister, Lady Lucille are searching for backing for a steam machine that would allow the red clay to be dug and made into bricks thereby saving their crumbling mansion—their only home.
But when Edith’s father pays off the two Sharpe’s in an effort to prevent them from getting their claws into his daughter, he brings out his own death as he was the one thing standing in Thomas’s pursuit of Edith and the money.
The imagery of the decaying Allerdale Hall with weeping walls, oozing floors, and leaves falling through the ceiling, make for the perfect setting for a murder or two. While Tom Hiddleston plays the romantic lead wonderfully, it’s the eerie stillness and repressed anger that Jessica Chastain shows that left me astounded. After seeing her in The Martian, this was a huge 180 of a character. No hint of smile, no sense of happiness…
While Goosebumps is a great movie for the kiddie crowd, adults are going to enjoy taking a trip back in time with Crimson Peak.
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