Crimson Peak Movie Review
Synopsis:After being swept off her feet by a mysterious visitor to her town, a young woman soon realizes that her new suitor and his sister have a dark past.
This movie was a pleasantly intriguing watch. Usually, I find movies set in medieval times to be bit of a drag, but this one kept my attention throughout. From the beginning, as we got to know the main characters of the movie, it was always interesting to see how the plot, along with their respective characters, would evolve.
The audience is introduced to the character of Edith, who immediately, seems different from the other women in her town. She appears strong and independent, and more focused on advancing her career as a writer, rather than getting caught up in all the social activities around her. However, from the moment she is swept off her feet by Thomas, it was evident that most of who she was disappeared. After her father’s untimely death, she marries Thomas, uproots her life and moves to England with him, maybe in an effort to hang on to the only love she had left in her life. However, the move seemed to be the complete opposite of who the writers portrayed her to be for the first 40 minutes of the movie, as she went from a self-sufficient woman to a naïve little girl. There is no mention of her writing, or exhibiting that independence she did earlier in the movie. Whether this was neglected by the writers, or whether it was used to show the effect Sir Thomas Sharpe had on the ladies (or the impact of grief on a person), we will never know.
Thomas on the other hand was probably the most intriguing character on Crimson Peak. Massively distrusted by Edith’s father and oldest friend, Dr. Alan Michael, it was evident there was more to this handsome stranger. It was interesting watching his character develop, as it wasn’t clear whether he was someone to trust or distrust, like or dislike, or if he was a villain or hero. Although he and his sister plotted to rob and murder his wives for money in order to further their clay extraction project, he was probably the lesser of the two evils between him and his sister Lucille. What was clear amidst the murkiness of Thomas’s character was that he obviously loved Edith and did not want his sister to do her harm. His love was demonstrated by the fact that he decided not to kill Alan Michael and he sacrificed himself to help Edith escape from Lucille.
n the subject of Alan, his character was very admirable. His love for Edith was also as plain as day (even to Edith) and while it would have been easy for him to let go of her after she married Thomas and moved away, he kept following his instinct and investigated the Sharpes (which Edith’s father had started to do before his murder), eventually travelling across the world to rescue her.
Lucille was the more obvious villain of the piece (between her and Thomas). Whenever Thomas’ feelings for Edith caused him to waver from the plan, she would always be all too willing to steer him back on track. While for Thomas, it was evident that it was all about the money for him, for Lucille, she may have been driven to eliminate anyone who stood between them. It was glaringly evident (again whether this was intentional on the part of the writers or not can be up for debate) that there was more to her relationship with Thomas than mere sibling love, and as eventually revealed to Edith and the audience, their “intimate” relationship as brother and sister crossed a line that should not be crossed. It is this love-bordering-on-obsession with Thomas that leads me to believe she contrived of the plot to kill his wives for money.
However, despite the intriguing characters in the movie, there was one glaring plothole that was not addressed. At the beginning of the movie, Edith’s dead mother’s ghost appears to her says “My child, when the time comes, beware of Crimson Peak”.
But how did she know to warn Edith about it? Why that particular warning and not a warning about Thomas and Lucille? It was something that was never addressed by the writers and essentially rendered that entire scene insignificant.
All in all, Crimson Peak was a movie that will hold your attention. I would not necessarily class it as a horror (despite some hugely disturbing appearances by ghosts and women covered in blood), it is the type of movie that although you wouldn’t watch it twice, you would not be disappointed watching it the first time. Overall Movie Rating 6⁄10
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