Ever since the first Avengers movie, I have become a big fan of Tom Hiddelston who played Loki, Thor’s brother. I find that he played a devilish character and I was hoping for more of the same in this movie. Along with the fact that this movie is directed by one of my favorite directors, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), I decided to skip the movie, Goosebumps, in order to screen this film.
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. While the acting was wonderful and the costume design was incredible (definitely Academy award-worthy) I found that the story itself was lacking. It was too easy to figure out what was going to happen, so you found yourself waiting for the end of the movie to confirm your expectations.
This is supposedly a ghost story type of movie. The main character, Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), is a young aspiring woman who writes about ghosts. She is introduced to Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) and his sister, Lucille Sharp (Jessica Chastain), at a party thrown by her father. Thomas and Lucille are England aristocrats who reside in a haunted castle. Get the ghostly overtones? However, none of the ghostly stuff holds water. While a ghost is trying to communicate to Edith, she pays little attention, not understanding the meaning of the message. What dark and sinister plans could they be plotting against Edith? Sounds like a soap opera, doesn’t it?
The basis of this gothic melodrama is true love. We’ve seen this story before, about how a conman who tries to marry his way into a family in order to obtain her fortune. But when he's sent away by the suspicious father, he actually does fall in love with his prey, thereby causing complications for the con, which is the basis of the story. Add in some ghosts, some dark evil secrets, and a wonderful conniving, sister who’s evil to the core, and you have the making of a decent story. The entire cast does a great job and the performances are superb. Too bad the story fell short. When you know the outcome in advance (they gave it away too early), it ruins the climactic reveal (as a magician would say). Otherwise, it certainly would have given me goosebumps.