Film: Phantom Thread

Editorial • 04/01/18

1950's post-war London. Shimmering in glamour, the renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (played by Daniel Day Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are the apotheosis of British Fashion; dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. It is the women who become the constant feature in Woodcock's life, an eligible bachelor inspired by women, yet it takes one woman named Alma (Vicky Krieps) to change everything. She plays both muse and lover to Woodcock. His meticulous lifestyle akin to Colin Firth in Tom Ford's A Single Man (2009) is disrupted as a result of Alma's entrance.

Couture is an entirely exclusive world, yet this movie is entrancing in how it blends a down to earth love story. Filled with the extremes of flirtation to insouciance. Woodcocks character is encapsulated by Owen Gliebermans statement "the coldly seductive fable of toxic masculinity," whose downfall comes about by trying to control love.

A winning score. In addition to its entrancing cinematography, the film has been praised for its music. Vulture’s David Edelstein singled out how “Jonny Greenwood’s string-and-piano heavy score scales the heights of romanticism.”

"In a film about the pursuit of beauty, many praised Phantom Thread’s visual style. As one of his "Best Films of 2017," Esquire’s Nick Schager marveled at the film's cinematic look: “Marked by lithe tracking shots, piercing close-ups, sumptuous transitional fades, and evocative use of Jonny Greenwood’s classical score, Anderson’s film is nothing short of breathtaking.” Phantom Thread made the Verge’s Tasha Robinson’s top-film list for being “a visually stunning film about fashion, elitism, snobbery, possessiveness, and the ego of an artist.”

Emotionally Charged and a myriad of cinematic layers make the entire experience of Phantom Thread a masterpiece.

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