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. It fails at emotion in anything but its lush visuals, since its telling isn't gripping, nor is it anything but a bland gothic-romantic melodrama, lacking wit and even surprise. Even its motifs lack creative bite in Del Toro's weakest.