Phantom Thread ★★★½

“Phantom Thread” is a masterfully crafted, graceful, and beautiful-looking period drama that follows the unhealthy but fascinating relationship between the renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his muse/lover Alma Elson (Vicky Krieps). It is a captivating character study of an obsessive, controlling, and egomaniacal artist and a thought-provoking exploration of changing power dynamics in relationships. Power, control, love, and obsession are the major themes of this film.

Cinematography, production design, and costumes are stunning, and the score is wonderful and almost a character of its own. Daniel Day-Lewis is phenomenal like always and Woodcock would be a worthy final role for the legendary actor. I also have to praise Vicky Krieps, who was able to hold her own against Day-Lewis, which is no easy task. I am surprised that she was so overlooked during award season.

With “Phantom Thread” Paul Thomas Anderson proves once again that he is one of the greatest and most versatile directors working today. Still, this film didn´t blow me away as much as some of his other films. This has mainly 2 reasons: 1. I am not interested in fashion, so the whole dressmaker setting didn´t do anything for me. 2. Even though the acting is outstanding, I couldn´t really connect with the characters. Nevertheless, I can see why some people love this film so much.

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