Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread ★★★★★

About as close to perfection as cinema can possibly get. From the water tight script, its perfect execution from the lead actors, the sumptuous cinematography, the glamorous attire and beautiful settings as well as the glorious score by regular collaborator Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Paul Thomas Anderson has created a film that balances everything perfectly and deserves repeated viewings due to its many subtle layers.

As expected, Daniel Day-Lewis is incredible as Reynolds Woodcock, a 1950s renowned dress-maker to the elite whose many secrets, complex past and strict regime causes much consternation to those working and/or living with him. However it is Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps as his sister and muse/model respectively who complete a perfect trinity of doubt and distrust within the House of Woodcock and their performances are as equally spellbinding as Day-Lewis's and as immaculately measured as Woodcock's garments.

There is tension and friction but also some wonderfully dark humour within the script and Greenwood's score not only weaves itself tightly within the narrative but also stands alone as a collection of beautifully moving music.

It is not often that I come away from a film knowing that I have seen something as truly important as Phantom Thread and I look forward to losing myself in its world on many repeated viewings.

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