Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Movie Night: Crimson Peak







After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe, young Edith finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille, Thomas' alluring sister and protector of her family's dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood.





My Thoughts:

In my opinion there are two different stories taking place in Crimson Peak which caused a lot of confusion for a lot of people that watched this movie.

The largest chunk of time in the movie is spent on Edith's exploration of the mansion and the ghosts that reside there.

Coincidentally even though the largest amount of time of the movie is spent uncovering the mansions secrets its not that half of the movie that really has any importance.

To me anyway.

The first story line seems to be abandoned once viewers are introduced to the mansion and never seems to get picked up again.

Those who have seen the movie will know what I'm talking about.


You start off with Edith who is a writer being upset because her horror story is rejected after she is told that she should stick to writing romance.

Immediately the story jumps to her meeting Sharpe and beginning her journey into Crimson. Not all is as it seems as usual at the Peak, and even though not much really gets resolved Edith concludes the story with her saying that she knows that ghosts exist. Open make your own conclusions ending.


I felt the story would have made more sense if they had had concluded the story by returning to Edith sitting in front of her typewriter finishing her story the way they began it. Because at least then the story would have come full circle and viewers would have understood that Crimson Peak was the story she had written at the beginning of the movie. 


Edith even talks about the plot details and it being criticized before it all takes place.  Unless you pay attention you totally miss it. 


In the end Crimson Peak is slightly Poe-ish but you're with Edith in her story and you're there getting both the horror and the romance without really knowing you are. Its clever without being obvious.


Its poor acting, obvious twist, and odd creepy cgi characters prevented me from liking the movie as much as I wanted to but its still worth the watch.




3 Stars




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