'Phantom Thread' is finely woven, distant and cold


    Vicky Krieps stars as “Alma” and Daniel Day-Lewis stars as “Reynolds Woodcock” in writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s PHANTOM THREAD, a Focus Features release. Credit : Laurie Sparham / Focus Features

    Phantom Thread
    3.5 out of 5 Stars
    Director:
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
    Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
    Genre: Drama
    Rated: R for language

    Synopsis: Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), a famed dressmaker in 1950’s London, becomes infatuated with Alma (Vicky Krieps), a young woman.

    Daniel Day-Lewis stars as “Reynolds Woodcock” and Vicky Krieps stars as “Alma” in writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s PHANTOM THREAD, a Focus Features release. Credit : Laurie Sparham / Focus Features

    Review: There is a cold distance that radiates from designer Reynolds Woodcock. He’s the sort of eccentric artist that has been allowed to fester in his own bad behavior for so long that there’s nothing redeemable about him beyond the beauty of the dresses that he makes. Were he less talented, he’d probably be a better person.

    Sadly, Woodcock is great at his craft and enabled by those around him.

    Daniel Day-Lewis stars as “Reynolds Woodcock” in writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s PHANTOM THREAD, a Focus Features release. Credit : Laurie Sparham / Focus Features

    The film follows Woodcock as he grows tired of one muse and finds Alma, a new woman to inspire him. But Alma isn’t nearly as docile as Woodcock would like, which might be why he finds her to be so fascinating.

    I’ve been told that it is during the second viewing of “Phantom Thread,” the latest drama from director Paul Thomas Anderson, that the film really comes together. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch the movie a second time, but considering how I typically react more favorably to Anderson’s films, I’m planning on revisiting the film at some point soon to see if my opinion changes.

    PHANTOM THREAD (Photo: Focus Features)

    As of now, I see the film as a beautifully shot, scored and acted tale that never grabbed me. It was interesting, but not intriguing.

    I reserve the right to change my mind.

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