Life, Love & Liberty are what you make of them so continue, continue, continue . . . .
Published October 24th 2015
If you're looking for a screamer horror, a gore, or even a psychological thriller, Crimson Peak is not that story, although those elements are present. The plot is very simple: rich girl is duped into marrying the very wrong guy and bad things happen. Yet that is by no means a weak point in this movie. In fact, I find this to be a positive. Knowing the basics of the tale releases the audience to let go of control, let go trying to figure it out, and dive into the glory of the madness in the characters. For indeed we are all mad here.
There are no tedious exposition moments that explain the whys and wheres. Just simple character flaws that understate and reveal the history of this Gothic place known by description as Crimson Peak. I love the subtle mystery that enticed me to hold on to each character that I may get to know them better. And not one of them disappointed. Each performance gave subtle nuances that delighted and enchanted.
I really did love this story. It is classic Goth with all the entrails necessary: the beauty at first sight, the hidden fear of unknown, all wrapped up in the crumbling majesty of madness gone by. Things are rarely what they seem, and even when you guess the hidden, that which is darkness isn't always quite so dark …unless it truly is.