I was planning on writing a review about how much I enjoyed Colm Toibin’s The Master, and then I went out to see Crimson Peak at the cinema.
It was billed as a ghost story after the tradition of The Woman in White, but what we got was a really over the top Downton Abbey (costumes, acting and sets) with added stabbings and CGI.
Never have I been in a film where audience reaction has been such an integral part of the experience eg “That was a bit unnecessary,” from behind me, as we cut from genteel waltzes to chunks being taken out of skulls. But mainly a lot of laughter, and some synchronised “Oooh!”s at some really bizarre scenes, such as someone being stabbed in the face. Why would you do that as a stabber? Why would you do that as a film maker, knowing that everyone’s just going to say, “That was a bit… odd Never seen that before.”
This guy from The Guardian gave the film 4/5 stars. What was he on?? Probably the same thing that the commissioner for this film was on. I want some of it.
10/10 for entertainment value though, I was still laughing as I walked up the road to catch my train, really needed that after a hard week at work!