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Published February 1st 2018
Whatever you do, do it carefully
Phantom Thread is an exquisite film set in 1950's London. It follows Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), an eccentric dressmaker set in his ways.
He is beyond odd and unchallenged by all who surround him – with the exception of his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) who very rarely brings him back to earth. That is until he meets her. She may just be a small town waitress, but Alma (Vicky Krieps) catches his eye and becomes his inspiration and lover. Their relationship challenges him to bend a little and open his heart. The cinematography is striking, reminiscent of a time when things were classically detailed and beautiful. It is a slow-paced film but remains interesting throughout.
Daniel Day Lewis is superb in what is rumoured to be his final film. Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville are also very good. There is little wonder why this film has a string of nominations at this year's Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
Alma: I want you flat on your back. Helpless, tender, open with only me to help. And then I want you strong again. You're not going to die. You might wish you're going to die, but you're not going to. You need to settle down a little.
This is a film that you will either absolutely love or entirely hate. I took my sister believing with every fibre of my being that she would most likely dislike it and I would ultimately pay the price of hearing about her aversion of it for years to come. 'Remember that time you chose the movie?'
The film finished and I looked over to find her air punching and smiling ear to ear. The ride home opened the debate of is that really love or just plain crazy? She adored the film and trust me, she is not very easily pleased.
I recommend you take a chance on this film, don't wait for the DVD see it on the big screen if only for the fashion and the beauty of it. I promise you won't see the last half coming. Let me know what you think.
ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Best Picture JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi