I re-watched this last night and liked it substantially more than I did the first time around. Yesterday it downed on me what an amazingly complex, well constructed and well rounded character Lucille is. A villain not just for the sake of it, with a good back-story and reasons. Plus the cinematography, sets, costumes are beautiful to look at, a feast for the eyes. In love.
Del Toro is a master of using the horror genre as a larger metaphor, but in Crimson's Peak's case the story holds its meaning and plot mechanizations too close to its hand, and thus, fails at emotion in anything but its lush visuals, since its telling isn't gripping, nor is it anything but bland gothic-romantic melodrama, lacking wit and even surprise. Even its motifs lack creative bite in Del Toro's weakest.
Mélange délicieusement amer entre gothique et fantastique, dans une étonnante et fastueuse scénographie angoissante et pourpre, sur fond d'horribles forfaits incestueux et meurtriers, pour un conte noir digne des grands romans anglais du genre... www.cinefiches.com
3.5* Production design was amazing. Beautiful film to look at, but felt empty in other parts. Predictable and with various plot-holes and unexplored side-stories that often seemed more interesting than the main one. All these flaws are sugarcoated by Del Toro's pretty visuals, as usual, which made me enjoy the film, regardless. But yeah :/ kinda wanted it to be amazing.