Ah, the beauty of this Gothic Victorian Romance/Suspense.
Guillermo Del Torro outdid himself.
Not only was the cast perfect in their roles (Hiddleston KILLED as Sir Thomas Sharpe) but the set, the music, the lighting, the attention to detail was just all so breathtaking.
But let’s start with the cast. As I said, Tom Hiddleston made a perfect Good Villain. Mia Wasikowska effortlessly played the naive, lovestruck authoress.
And Jessica Chastain. Holy cow. Who knew someone could play an incestual murderess with such grace, elegance, and poise. She was ruthless as Lucille Sharpe and played the role so well I forgot she was ever anything else.
Charlie Hunman and Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer!!!) were wonderful in their roles as well.
And that murder scene!!!!! Poor papa Cushing never saw it coming. But oh, it was brutal. The entire theater cringed when the sink broke.
I could go on for hours about the waltz scene.
I loved when Alan tipped his hat to Thomas at Mr. Cushing’s funeral. Like a silent “You take care of her”.
I really could just keep going but there’s one thing that just won’t leave me alone about this movie.
There were three different colors of ghosts. Edith’s mother was a black ghost. The ghosts of the murdered wives were red. And then at the end, Thomas’s ghost was white, almost transparent.
Edith talked so much about how ghosts are linked to certain places and events. I think the color depended on how they died.
Edith’s mom was black because she died from sickness. The murdered wives, and Lucille’s murdered baby, were all blood red. They died gruesome, hateful deaths.
The confusing ones are Lucille and Thomas, who both died gruesome deaths yet neither one had a red ghost.
Lucille was black. She died from sickness. Obviously, she wasn’t right in the head. For pity’s sake she had sex with her brother and murdered her mother. She died because of it. Her mental illness haunted her and that’s why she was black.
But what about Thomas? Why wasn’t his ghost black then?
He wasn’t insane. The incest, that was all Lucille. Thomas grew up believing that was ok because that was all he ever knew. Thomas didn’t murder his mother. Lucille did. And it was Lucille’s idea to marry into rich families and kill the wives off.
Thomas died because of love. He saved Alan, he saved Edith, and he tried to save Lucille, even though he knew that what she had done was wrong. He wanted to change her, to save her.
He was just so innocent and loving and forgiving.
That’s why his ghost was white.
Yes, yes. I know. I’m obsessed. So sue me.
Anyways, I’m always up for a lively discussion about this masterpiece of a movie.