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Phantom Thread Movie Review

February 02,2018  

Phantom Thread Movie Review
Set in 1950s, the story is about a renowned dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock and his sister, who also works along with her brother....

Set in 1950s, the story is about a renowned dressmaker, Reynolds Woodcock and his sister, who also works along with her brother in making the finest of dresses for the most famous people in London. What happens when Reynolds meets a girl and how she influences his life, forms the crux of the story.

The movie is simply a culmination of some astounding performances by Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds and Vicky Krieps as Alma, the main two characters seen throughout the film. Lesley Manville, with her limited on-screen time as Reynolds' sister Cyril delivers a fine performance worthy of her Academy nomination. Daniel Day-Lewis, in his last movie, delivers one of his career-best performance. This is Daniel's second collaboration with the director Paul Thomas Anderson, who both did There Will Be Blood 10 years ago and was considered to be one of the best films of the last decade. When these two come together for Day-Lewis' last movie, you can expect nothing short of a powerhouse performance which proves to be a befitting farewell to the actor's career.

Anderson's focussed attention to details in bringing out the period drama is impressive. Though the movie is a slow burner, it is worth a watch for the brilliant performances and some mind-blowing detailed production design. But the movie feels claustrophobic at times watching just the two main leads in the same house but Day-Lewis' bizzarely astonishing performance tops all that. An amazing music score for the film by Jonny Greenwood and scintillating detailed costume designing makes this film a must watch for fans of a slow period drama set in Gothic London of the 1950s. The movie is absolutely worth the six Academy Award nominations and pays a fitting tribute to Day-Lewis' career by providing him enough to bring out the best in him.