Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Running Time: 130 minutes


Phantom Thread with a silky Daniel Day-Lewis, casts a remarkable spell, nominated for 6 Academy Awards comes to the Nightlight Cinema on Oscar weekend!

Like all Paul Thomas Anderson movies, Phantom Thread is both strange and mesmerizing. Daniel Day-Lewis, who has said that this will be his final screen performance, turns in a masterpiece of silky irritability as 1950s fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock.

Set in 1950s England, it’s a story in which little, on the surface, happens. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a fashion designer whose elegant atelier (upstairs in his London town house) creates meticulously constructed, beautifully restrained clothing for wealthy socialites. A young waitress, Alma (Vicky Krieps), catches his eye and becomes his muse and his lover — to the dismay of his imperious sister, Cyril (Lesley Manville), who runs her brother’s business. Because this is a PTA movie, the relationship between Reynolds and Alma takes an odd turn. Exquisite garments are constructed; glorious music is played; and three actors quietly take us on a journey.

Daniel Day-Lewis, who has said that this will be his final screen performance, turns in a masterpiece of silky irritability. Dressed in tailored suits and perfectly tied ascots, his silver hair forming twin inverted commas over his brow, he creates a man obsessed with perfection. His voice is slow, like pouring cream, and filled with languid frustration; Alma both fascinates and annoys him. (“I think they’re well and truly shaken now,” he drawls, as Alma takes too long to toss backgammon dice.) In silence, his face tells stories, whether gazing at a woman or a dress. If this is truly the last one he tells for us, what a note on which to go.

~~ Moira Macdonald, seattletimes.com