Our Magnificent Andersons series winds down with the deliciously Gothic romance of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his final film appearance.
Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis) is perhaps the most renowned dressmaker in 1950’s London – designing wear for those of the upper class, if not of pure royalty. As he remains haunted by a familial loss, he finds a new muse in the form of a waitress named Alma (Vicky Krieps). Over time, as Woodcock’s ego and controlling personality threatens to swallow them both up, Alma reveals herself as one with her own sense of control. What begins as a lover’s clash slowly begins to blossom into a love informed by morbidity and submission, yet made all the more true by what keeps them tethered.
The first of his films to be lensed by Anderson himself, Phantom Thread intoxicates with romantic passion and a twisted sense of humor, further boosted by one of Jonny Greenwood’s most ravishing musical scores.
“Phantom Thread is a triumphant valedictory send off for Daniel Day-Lewis, a tragicomic love letter to the agonies and ecstasies of the artist and those unlucky enough to fall in love with one.” – Dan Tabor, Phawker
“Anderson makes movies that may refuse to explain themselves but nevertheless manage to engage the viewer, in part because he tends to cut from confined spaces to open ones as if inviting us to enter them.” – J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books
“There is a fine line drawn between possession and love that Anderson obscures, blurs, and then erases entirely.” – Matt Oakes, Silver Screen Riot