Phantom Thread is That Tiny Fork at a Fancy Dinner Party

Phantom Thread is that tiny fork at a fancy dinner party, you don’t know what you’re supposed to use it for but it makes you feel like royalty. Even more than being the tiny fork, it’s also the whole four-course meal. And, at the end of the evening, you are drifting on an elegant cloud feeling confused, full and oddly content.

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Against the backdrop of the glamorous 1950’s, Phantom Thread is the story of Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and the two women in his life. Woodcock is a renowned London dressmaker who runs his fashion house with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville). Their lives are elegant and routine, but when Woodcock meets Alma (Vicky Krieps) that all changes. 

This film will most likely always be remembered as Daniel Day-Lewis’ final film before he retired from acting. It deserves so much more than that. I want to tread carefully because the last thing I want to happen is for this film to become something that the world views as overrated. It is a brilliant film, there is no doubt about it, but it could very quickly become a film that garners high praise and then viewers go in expecting something other than what they receive.

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So, let me be clear. Phantom Thread is a weird, delicate treat. It serves you a full hearty meal while also serving,  every so gracefully, a seductive guilty pleasure. The film is visually stunning. I dare you not to salivate at the dark glamour of this world. And, even more stunning is the acting. Of course, no one will be surprised that Day-Lewis disappears into Reynolds Woodcock, but they might be surprised at the sheer forces of nature that rise to meet him. Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps are to die for. They deliver performances that are subtle yet delightfully complicated.

All in all, Phantom Thread lives up to its name. It gives you seduction, suspense and a touch of mystery all held together by a thread of divine drama.

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Do exactly what I did. Call your friend that loves period fashion as much as you and plan your next theme party while you watch this treat unfold.


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