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Phantom Thread is a 2017 American historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, set in London's couture world in the 1950s. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps.


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Daniel Day-Lewis claims this is his final role before retirement. If so, it would end his storied career on an incredibly high note. He reunites with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson to portray a domineering fashion designer whose highly controlled life in 1950s London is upended when he meets an enigmatic Luxembourgian woman, inviting her to live with him as a muse and mistress. Anderson expertly submerges the audience in an idiosyncratic milieu of high fashion and absurd-glamorous wealth, and the film craftily defies expectations as it reveals its central love story’s shifting power dynamic. It is fascinating to watch as the story of a Great, Flawed Man and his Younger Kept Woman starts to invert and swerve left when one expects it go right. The ending is mad in the best way.

The three primary players are sensational.

Despite an overall tone I would describe as...haunting-romantic (comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca are apt), this film is also frequently hilarious. Day-Lewis' character's response to the word "chic," for instance. And there is a superbly tart quality to Lesley Manville's scene-stealing performance.

And why not:

1. Magnolia
2. Phantom Thread
3. Inherent Vice
4. There Will Be Blood
5. Boogie Nights
6. Punch-Drunk Love
7. Hard Eight
8. The Master

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The more I think about this one the more I like it. It's gorgeous to look at, darkly hilarious, takes a lot of surprising turns and the three leads are fantastic. A-

Alma was a pathetic bitch though and I wanted her to die ;)


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Phantom Thread turns the pretentious meter up to 11. I didn't find it funny, though about 10% of the audience seemed to find it uproarious. I simply don't have a taste for most of the dishes Paul Thomas Anderson serves. Daniel Day-Lewis is just doing a riff on the Sheldon Cooper character from Big Bang Theory, but I did enjoy Vicky Krieps performance. *D+


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I didn’t care for the fate of the characters nor do I think the film has anything interesting to say. The two lead characters seem more like spoiled brats that whatever development they have just seems lackluster.

But...it’s implacably well made. The acting is so strong that it’s a crime it didn’t get a SAG nod. It’s so well lighted and shot, particularly the car scenes. I loved the way PTA had the camera move on any of the car shots.

The main star though is Greenwood’s score. It’s like the needle that goes through the garment, in and out. It takes all the pieces of the film and sews it together to make it look beautiful. I loved Dunkirk and Blade Runners score but this Greenwood’s score maybe outdoes both of them.

So even with its lack of empathetic characters, I was thoroughly engaged and enthralled by it.

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This reminded me of Mother. So excellently crafted, so narratively frustrating. An artist using a strange backdrop to describe their own romantic struggles.


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1. Inherent Vice
2. There Will Be Blood
3. The Master

4. Punch Drunk Love
5. Boogie Nights
6. Hard Eight

7. Phantom Thread
8. Magnolia


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Maybe it's because my expectations were so low but I thought this was great. Surprisingly very funny. I laughed a lot. Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps are excellent.

8/10 (A-)

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Magic Mike wrote:
Maybe it's because my expectations were so low but I thought this was great.

This is an odd comment, lol. It feels out-of-step with an Oscar-nominated Paul Thomas Anderson film with Daniel Day-Lewis. "Hey, props for not being the piece of crap I expected!"

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Magic Mike wrote:
Maybe it's because my expectations were so low but I thought this was great.

This is an odd comment, lol. It feels out-of-step with an Oscar-nominated Paul Thomas Anderson film with Daniel Day-Lewis. "Hey, props for not being the piece of crap I expected!"


I didn't expect it to be a piece of crap. I just thought it looked kind of dull. I was surprised to find it so entertaining.

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Yeah, I get what Mike means. The trailer made it look like a Chanel ad. But it's PTA and DDL so...

This was fantastic. I thought the movie was going to end when he proposes to her. I thought, "Okay, odd movie but I liked it and I liked the dark-ish ending." Then, to use this awful meme, it's like PTA said "Hold my beer." The last thirty minutes...I think Jedi and Coco might have only had better last acts this year, but I kind of admire PT's more because it's a wonderful mash of funny, wicked and loving. I can't accurately describe the joy, as a viewer, that I felt in my seat when he figures out what she's been doing. That plays out so wonderfully and I'm so happy the movie didn't end where I thought it was going to.

Funny, wicked, and loving. People keep saying, "Gee I wonder how Maya reacted to this." I'm guessing she's the film's biggest fan. It's basically a love letter to her. He sees himself to be kind of an asshole and she's his God.

I need to see his films again, but this might be my favorite PTA film.

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I didn’t care for the fate of the characters nor do I think the film has anything interesting to say.


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I liked the ending as everyone is suggesting but the setup before wasn't as rewarding enough for me. I mean we sit almost two hours witnessing that DDL's character is weird and there are things that he does that would make a normal person runaway. But on the other hand we are made to believe that Kreips's character does want to run most of the times while loving the person (for god knows why). I really liked the ending which is what sets this movie apart from rest of PTA movies. Ofcourse the performances were great but Kreips is captivating in every scene, DDL was great in this as expected.

7/10


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I don't know if I'm capable to explain how I feel about Phantom Thread, but I'll try. I like watching Oscar nominees inside Oscar season. There's something exclusive and rewarding about seeing a film with pedigree at a time when it is water cooler worthy and/or its fate has yet to be decided. But there is also something empowering about seeing an Oscar calibre film outside of the pressures of its season. It allows for a more objective viewing. Anyway, this is the final Oscar nominee from 2017 that I had still to see.

With Phantom Thread, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it kept my interest enough with the precarious dynamic between Reynolds and Alma. I guess it adheres very much to the idea that a genius is also a madman/eccentric, and Day-Lewis gives a superbly nuanced performance to bring this extreme-yet-subtle character to life. But for me Lesley Manville steals his 'last film ever' thunder. Her character is much more well-sewn-together, yet similarly as curt and unsympathetic. I do love it when a film brings you into an area that you would otherwise have no exposure to, and it keeps you there and entertains you for its runtime (such as Whiplash). That being said, when stepping back I'm just not in awe of this area of high society, and its characters, setting, and high points throughout are never so mouthwatering that I wanted more. I also struggled to appreciate the point of this film. The best thing about Phantom Thread is its confrontations and its frankness. But they (and the film in general) never really develop into anything, and it more-or-less finishes where it starts - just with a different female companion. It has class in its stock. From its direction to its dress making research to the script, class oozes. But it's a class and a world that I'm alien to, and so the film has a barrier at which I stand as an observer, never a lover.


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