Aaron Hendrix’s review published on Letterboxd:
- Reynolds has made my dreams come true. And I had given him what he desires most in return.
- And what’s that?
- Every piece of me.
For much of his career, contemporary auteur Paul Thomas Anderson has spent his films studying commodification and dehumanization. In Hard Eight he examined the commodification of trust. In Boogie Nights, the commodification of lust. And, in There Will Be Blood, the commodification of land. In his latest, Phantom Thread, Anderson examines the commodification of bodies and beauty.
Full review will be on talkfilmsociety.com later this week.
But Phantom Thread is easily one of the best films of the year. I don't think it's *quite* on a par with PTA's best work - IMO: The Master and There Will Be Blood - but it is one of the most handsomely mounted and psychologically rich films of the year.
Also, perhaps two of the best performances of year. I'd have no problem with Best Actor going to DDL and Best Actress going to Vicky Krieps.
I give Phantom Thread a 4.5/5