Guillermo del Toro is a director that I tend to like as a person more than the films he makes. I’m not saying I actually know the guy, but from the directors commentaries and interviews I’ve seen and heard, he comes across as a really cool and likeable guy. With his films though, it’s a mixed bag. I really enjoyed his back-to-back films, Hellboy 1 and 2, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Blade 2, but even those hard their separate issues. His earlier films, Cronos and Devils Back Bone, and his awful Pacific Rim, counterbalances his good films much heavier in my mind, which makes him as just an ok director.
This isn’t to say I don’t think his visual style isn’t top notch, or that his actual directing for that matter isn’t good, as it’s his storytelling that I struggle with. When I saw that he had a new film coming out, Crimson Peak, I knew I was always going to check it out, but it was something that I was neither looking forward to or getting my hopes up for. Because of that, I went in as a blank slate hoping he could get back to the quality of Hellboy and Blade, and hoped like hell it was nothing like Pacific Rim.
Well, though not as bad as Pacific Rim, this film was still really bad. It was boring, predictable, not scary, not sexy, and in fact was unintentionally funny on many occasions. I know del Toro himself tried to distance the film away from being a horror, which the marketing had tried to do, as he wanted to push it as a gothic romance. He did nail the gothic ideals, the romance on the other hand was lacklustre and either non-existent or outright a little ludicrous to call it a romance.
The violence in the film was also very over the top, and though I have nothing against this, sometimes when films do this I wonder if they do it to try and at least get something out of the audience. Well the only time the audience made any other noise other than laughter during the film was with the extremely graphic violence, and thus I thought it was just the filmmakers trying to cover up their dirty tracks of not being able to pull off other genuine feelings and emotions on screen.
5.5 out of 10 from me!!!