Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread ★★★★★

Phantom Thread. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia, The Master), is about a renowned dressmaker who meets a young woman, who then starts to weave into the dressmaker’s life, forming a relationship that breaks apart the dressmaker’s carefully designed life. It is kind of hard to talk more about the story without spoilers. 

This is one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s more “smaller” films. I mean this in terms of plot, as there aren’t as many characters as say Magnolia or Boogie Nights. Like Punch-Drunk Love or The Master, Phantom Thread really focuses on the conflicts between two people. There are other characters like Lesley Manville’s Cyril character who is Reynolds sister, (Reynolds is Daniel Day-Lewis’s character) who also shares the limelight here. 

All the performances are astounding, Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville give such real performances that really sell the atmosphere of 1950s London. 

The score composed by Jonny Greenwood is so beautiful and meticulously crafted. This is his fourth film collaboration with Anderson. 

Paul Thomas Anderson (for the first time) is the cinematographer for his own film, and damn does he make this film shine with awe inspiring visuals. 

Phantom Thread tells one hell of a twisted love story, presented in a blooming fashion of colors and orchestrated perfection. Paul Thomas Anderson, Jonny Greenwood and Daniel Day-Lewis have done it again.

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