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
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.