25 October 2015

Crimson Peak, 2015 - ★★½

A disappointing attempt at a grown up English language film from Del Toro. A dull opening in New York drags on for far too long with little purpose. Things improve once everything moves to Crimson Peak but the only suspense is wondering if some kind of twist will take the story off the obvious path. It feels like a bad video game as the protagonists explores the mysterious house discovering the plot via discarded audio logs (why and how do these exist?) and even the climax feels like a badly executed boss fight.

I feel like I'm being too harsh because it isn't exactly a bad film and often looks great. But it's doesn't come close to Del Toro's earlier work nor to many of the spanish language films he's produced which is why it's a big disappointment.

October 25, 2015 at 10:59PM

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