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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.


Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:26 am
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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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Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:06 am
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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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