2018 (UK), Drama/Crime, 2h 10m
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Gina McKee & Pip Phillips
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.
Phantom Thread is another gorgeous dream of a film by Anderson, the drama is well-crafted, both covering and revealing vulnerable truths of the fashion industry, but it’s quite unsettling too.
Day-Lewis (as always) is an absolute powerhouse in what is meant to be his final performance – and he sure did go out with a bang – but was it his best work? Not by a long shot.
As a whole the movie is seductive and absorbing, and the costume design is flawless (I guess that’s to be expected in a film about a dress maker), but it just seemed to drag in places – the ending however is worth the wait and the payoff is satisfying.