Crimson Peak

A movie of atmosphere and cool ghost effects that were tiring without the fundamentals of a good story. It’s also more proof that story trumps talent. That means a better story could’ve succeeded with a B-list cast and/or director or could’ve been a classic with this talent.

Structure

It took 45 minutes to get to the point of the newlyweds (Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddelston) living in the haunted house. While most movies have a clear setting or direction at the start of Act II, those that need more time are at least on the path by the start of Act II. Like Man On Fire where the girl is kidnapped at the Midpoint. But in Crimson Peak, the story until the house was muddled and not intriguing.

Premise, Logic

Before then, the movie opened with a massive head scratcher. The ghost of Mia’s mother appeared to her and warned her of “Crimson Peak.” This was done to start the character with a belief in ghosts. But the girl did not know what the words meant so the obvious question is- why on earth didn’t the ghost spell it out? It would’ve been so simple to instead say, “Don’t marry Tom Huddelston!” Such an oversight of logic was painful.

Conflict

Once in the house, it never felt that the protag was in real danger from the ghosts and the real threat from the sister, Jessica Chastain, took too long to transpire.

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