I swear there's a book to be written about this insane series.
Blandly directed/shot with an overemphasis on the now rote instagram filter color palette, but offset by unusually confident storytelling (no narration, nearly a dozen characters) and an uncommon grace. Ensemble's good with Rice being the clear standout, but it's nice to see Zumann again after 20th Century Women.
Hi there, it's been a little while, but I wrote a review. Here's an excerpt of what I wrote for The Film Stage.
"On a basic level, Paul Thomas Anderson makes films about magnetic presences — figures who emanate such greatness that it’s nearly as impossible for bystanders to be around them as it is to not be around them. Phantom Thread, Anderson’s ninth film, is of a piece with much of his career in that way, telling of a…
My empire of dirt. A bit long winded and pokey, but Rees has mostly achieved a thrilling and powerful juggling act of perspectives, tones, and textures.
Whole cast is effective, but Mitchell is the heart and soul. So full of warmth and potential while still communicating the box he feels trapped in.