Phantom Thread

636495268774115289-AP-FILM-REVIEW-PHANTOM-THREAD-96097381The word is Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting. I can’t say for sure whether it’s final, but it’s said his last performance would be in “Phantom Thread,” the latest feature from his “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Set in 1950s London, Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock, a profound dressmaker and confirmed bachelor, immediately falls for a waitress named Alma (Vicky Krieps). He invites her to dinner on the spot, and afterwards, he has her try on some outfits for him to design. Their romance is toiled in the busy world of dressmaking, and she feels he’s growing distant of her.

To put it another way, she is a strong-willed woman, and he feels love is disrupting his work.

I saw “Phantom Thread” on a special 70MM Film, and I feel the old fashioned screen makes the movie look great. And the movie is subtle, poised, and sophisticated.

Love is a complicated thing, which is why we have scenes of Alma and Reynolds turning against each other. Don’t see it for the love story; see it for Anderson’s remarkable filmmaking, the fabulous art direction, and the radiant performances from Day-Lewis, Krieps, and Lesley Manville (as Reynolds’ sister).

Nice dress.


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