Smoke and Mirrors.
'Nobody gives a tinker's fucking curse about Mrs. Vaughan's satisfaction!'
Actually, much of the interest in Phantom Thread comes from its withholding of satisfaction for as long as possible. I'm usually suspicious of big reveal endings - but this one is so deliciously subversive!
Forgive me, but I just do not understand the love for this film. As a musician, I am perplexed by its extraordinary inaccuracies but I am even more baffled by the indulgences shown to its narrative deficiencies. The one believable moment is when Andrew leaves his drumsticks behind in the car rental office. More or less everything else fails to ring true.
There are numerous musical and institutional errors. The emphasis on speed and tempo as the be-all-and-end-all of musical…