"Phantom Thread" Movie Review
Phantom Thread is quite ominous, not necessarily because of tone or genre, but because of its characters.
It's hard to explain, but when the haunting nature of these characters fully weighs on the audience at the end of the film, the result is both shocking and profound.
This movie takes place in 1950's London and focuses on a tightly-wound high end fashion designer, who finds his meticulously coordinated life turned upside down when he brings a new love interest into his world.
The movie is an interesting take on how this couple learns to coexist. Phantom Thread uses phenomenal performances from Daniel Day-Lewis as the hyper-particular Reynolds Woodcock, Leslie Manville as his older sister and assistant Cyril Woodcock, and Vicky Krieps as the headstrong love interest, Alma, to illustrate the nature of Mr Woodcock's relationship with people and the extraordinary measures those close to him must take to attain his admiration.
The pace of the movie is painstakingly slow, making Phantom Thread only meant for those willing to lend it the full extend of their patience and attention. But the well-composed music score, the exquisite fashion, and the stunning performances make it worthwhile, even if the film's message eludes you.
Acting and Casting - 2 | Visual Effects and Editing - 2 | Story and Message - 1 | Entertainment Value - 0 | Music Score and Soundtrack - 2 | Reviewer's Preference - 0