Friday, October 16, 2015

31 Days of Halloween - Day 16 - Movie 1

I've decided not to give a plot recap of Crimson Peak (2015), Guillermo Del Toro's lush gothic romance, because I don't think it would do it justice, and I think that movies tend to be more enjoyable the less you know going in. The story itself, on the surface, is about as basic as you can get, but it's below the surface that really adds a rich texture to the film. There is sumptuous production design, costumes, and Del Toro's color coded manner of delivering information supporting the themes and character relations. There is also a lot pertain to the eye; to seeing and perception, the act of revealing as well as concealing and mirroring, or shadowing the way characters are dressed. This is an absolutely gorgeous movie, dense with visual information and compelling performances.

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