Phantom Thread (2017)


“It’s comforting to think the dead are watching over the living. I don’t find that spooky at all. ” – Reynolds Woodcock

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A dress designer in the 1950’s is motivated in his work by various lovers yet still remains closed off to the expressing his true feelings.

My Take on it – This is the final film nominated this year for Best Picture for me to see.

I have been eagerly awaiting this moment for some time and after hearing so many great things about this film, I was really looking forward to seeing it.

Unfortunately, my expectations were too high and this is actually my least favorite among the 9 nominees.

The story moves along really slowly and not much really happens that is interesting.

I have never been the biggest fan of Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films besides There Will Be Blood (2007) and hoped that this would be on par with that film.

The production aspects of this film tho are done really well and visually there is no question as to how nice it looks yet since the story is nearly non-existent, it make sit harder to appreciate everything as a whole as being amazing.

The cast here is quite good with Daniel Day-Lewis playing the lead.

The problem is that we don’t learn enough about the characters to really care about what they choose to do along the way which leaves so many unanswered questions that ultimately are difficult to care about.

The music score of this film helps make parts of the film more bearable but unfortunately it can’t help the fact that most of the way this story is told is quite boring.

Bottom Line – Strong production elements in this film outshine the almost non-existent storyline. The cast is quite good, but it’s hard to care for any of them because their true motivations for all of their actions aren’t explored enough. The music is great and helps move things along a it since the storyline doesn’t manage to keep things interesting enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The name Reynolds Woodcock began as a joke suggested by Daniel Day-Lewis to director Paul Thomas Anderson. The name made Anderson laugh so hard he cried, cementing its presence in the script. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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5 thoughts on “Phantom Thread (2017)

  1. I hated this movie. Would’ve warned you. Some sick exercise in a sadmasochistic “love affair” masquerading as a fashion show. I haven’t been a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson since Boogie Nights. As for Day-Lewis – he did NOT deserve an Oscar nom (IMO) for this (should’ve gone to James Franco for The Disaster Artist) – his rep0rted final role. If I were him, I wouldn’t go out on Woodcock. Wouldn’t have nommed Leslie Manvilel either – or PTA for directing. Maybe costumes – and not even sure about that blatant Oscar grab. This one would make my 10 Worst.

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