If your new home has a giant hole in the roof, you should probably walk away.
Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is an aspiring author who has been seeing ghosts since her mother died when she was eleven. She's beloved by her father, Carter (Jim Beaver) and sought after by a handsome doctor, Alan (Charlie Hunnam) but who really catches her attention is a mysterious English inventor, Thomas Sharpe. (Tom Hiddleston) He's looking for funds to help run a red coal mine his family's home is on, but Carter sees right through him. Edith is smitten. He's the first man to actually compliment her manuscript. And even though he's clearly a step away from going full Lannister with his sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) Edith marries him and moves with him to his family home, only to discover that it's full of ghosts who have apparently died very violent deaths.
Like every other Guillermo del Toro movie, the production is astonishingly beautiful. The red clay that is seen frequently in the film is always a stark contrast to the rest of the sets and makes everything a little bit creepier. When Edith first enters the Sharpe mansion and we see leaves falling through a hole in the roof, it's stunning to say the least. It will be a damn shame if the film's other missteps deter away Oscar voters when the production team did such an excellent job.
I feel like the film doesn't quite know what its tone was supposed to be. Or rather, del Toro did, and it got edited to shit in post production. Being a ghost movie, there's plenty of shots of said ghosts, but it didn't seem like they were meant to be jump scares. They never really come out of nowhere, there's always hints before they appear, yet the music plays as if it's expecting to make you fly out of your seat. It just felt a little strange.
That's not to say it's a bad movie. It isn't, and it's awesome to see Jessica Chastain play a villain. She's so much fun even though she kills a dog off screen. At least it wasn't graphic. It also features a pretty rad knife fight, (My husband and I were rolling during part of it, even though I'm sure we shouldn't have been.)
The film could've used a bit more polishing, more of Hiddleston's bare ass, and a different score, but it was still a good watch.
And when did Charlie Hunnman get so hot? Seriously, dude is gorgeous without that Sons of Anarchy bullshit.
Memorable Quote: "Show me where." - Thomas (Tom Hiddleston)