Guillermo Del Toro is the director and I have loved most of his stuff including Pacific Rim. Both movies have starred the amazing Charlie Hunnam ( Jax from SOA if you don't recognize the name). The film also stars Tom Hiddleston (Loki from Avengers), Jessica Chastain(The Help and Interstellar), and Mia Wasikowska (Alice from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland). The costumes and settings for the movie were perfect. However, that is about the most positive thing I can say. The plot itself was not bad it just didn't live up to all the hype and scariness promised by the trailers.
Here's the breakdown with some major Spoilers: Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) is an aspiring writer having trouble getting published in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. She appears first as a little girl in the movie attending the funeral of her mother. Later the ghost of the mother appears to her with a warning..."Beware of Crimson Peak". Is this what inspires young Edith to grow up and write ghost stories? Obviously. Her father has lots of money and is visited by Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston), a young man from England looking for some investors in his clay mining endeavor. Mr. Cushing promptly turns him down but not before the chance encounter between his daughter and Sharpe. Love is in the air between these two right away. Edith's childhood friend, Dr. Alan McMichael (Hunnam) also throws his hat in the ring for young Edith's heart even as his own sister is hoping to land Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas did not come to visit alone. He brought his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Chastain), with him and the two seem to have a difference of opinion on whether Edith is right for their family.
Mr. Cushing has a private investigator look for dirt on the Sharpe pair before Sir Thomas has a chance to ask Edith to be his wife. This results in a private meeting, a bribe, a broken heart, and the death of Mr. Cushing. Edith turns to Sir Thomas for support during this time and the are married. The story then shifts to the very Gothic mansion owned by the Sharpe family. While Edith is swept away in learning about her new husband and sister-in- law. Alan is back home trying to piece together what really happened to Edith's father.
It becomes clear as soon as Edith arrives at her new home that Lady Lucille is anything but welcoming and that the house is filled with dark secrets and ghosts. Edith begins communicating with the spirits in the house who are all trying to warn her and then her own mother's message suddenly makes sense. Edith realizes that there is a very unnatural relationship between her husband and his sister at the same time Alan is on his way to rescue her after having discovered the truth on his own.
The ending to the movie was a classic good vs. evil with Edith being the survivor.
I did enjoy the movie but like I said earlier, I thought it was going to be more horror and less fantasy. However, if you watch this looking for a Gothic romance it delivers big time! I thought the acting was amazing and the presentation was done extremely well. The company that handled the PR for this film was dynamic because that was what made us all want to rush to see it. I would give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars. I have recommended the film to my friends because it has a very Edgar Allan Poe quality to it and I love Poe.