Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites and debutants with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.


Review

A slow story is held together by a mesmerising performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. Alleged to be his final film, Day-Lewis holds the film together by his performance alone.

That’s not to say that it’s all about Day-Lewis as he is ably supported by Vicky Krieps as his lover and Lesley Manville as is over powering sister.

Phantom Thread will undoubtable not be to everyone’s taste and will perhaps split audiences. At times the story drifts along at a leisurely pace and it does have a few plot holes in terms of the motivations of some of the characters. However to see an actor at the top of his game, the positives well outweigh the negatives.

Highly recommended.



Phantom Thread (15)


2h 10m

Director: Paul Thomas-Anderson

Starring
: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps

UK Release: Friday 2nd February 2018

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Phantom Thread - "Interruption" Clip

Phantom Thread - "You Found Me" Clip