I watched “Crimson Peak” twice. Once because I became a huge fan of Guillermo de Toro after I spoke with him at San Diego’s Comic Con 2015 and then secondly when I wanted to attend the Q&A he had at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles.
At CC, all the reporters couldn’t stop saying the nicest thing about the Mexican director and it was refreshing to hear such wonderful comments about someone in Hollywood.
“Crimson Peak” is a Victorian-era Gothic romance, ghost story, that stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam. Mia is Edith, an aspiring writer who falls in love with the mysterious Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) and ends up marrying him after a series of unfortunate events. He then takes her to his home on top of a hill where they live with his sister Lucille (Chastain). Though after a couple of days, Mia sees that things are not what they seem.
Here are my top three reasons why “Crimson Peak” is a must-see:
1. Females are on top.
There is major girl power in this film. Mia and Lucille are their own individual women who know what they want and will fight for it. When speaking with del Toro he told me about the importance of this stating:
“The main concern I had was to create two very strong female characters that represented two types of female views at that time. Mia is in the beginning of the modern world and Jessica is a throwback of the submissive, dominant classical, logged in woman that is subservient to the needs of the man and can tell a great story of the female character evolving through Gothic romance. I think as a female you may connect with that.”
2. The wardrobe is beautifully pieced together.
Kate Hawley is a magician with her hands and mind. The costume designer and del Toro worked closely together to bring the world that the director envisioned in his mind to life.
“It’s always such a waltz, rather than a walk, with Guillermo,” Hawley told Variety. “The way he structures his pieces, it’s always like a piece of music. They’re almost defined by acts. I treat the visual beats like music when I listen to Guillermo’s notes, because I think that’s the poetry he offers in his work.”
Even when you think it’s overdone, it’s not. It helps enhance the time period and the story. It also is very telling that with each piece you get to know the character a bit more.
3. The story is original and refreshing.
I don’t watch scary movies. This was not a horror film at all, it is a Gothic romance. Yes, there are parts where it gets creepy and I had to cover my eyes. But the story unfolds and those spirits turn out to be guiders who help Edith discover what she needs to know. I won’t say much, but things are not always what they seem.