New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 121

As gothic melodramas go, Crimson Peak is fine, but what mars the movie is its ghost story element mars the movie is its ghost story element, an unnecessary subplot that adds nothing and feels a bit too close to M Night Shyamalan at his most mediocre. Del Toro has chosen to structure his plot in a way that gives us enough details to create a veneer of suspense, but he oddly holds back on the sort of minor details that are too obvious to make his final plot twists land with any degree of impact. There are enough creaky doors and candle-lit hallways to keep devotees of this genre mildly sated, but Crimson Peak is ultimately a gothic melodrama that’s heavy on gothic but all too low on drama. Crimson Peak 3 stars out of 5 Directed by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Doug Jones NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 121