Phantom Thread (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)
I feel a little ashamed for seeing this Oscar contender a year late. Please forgive me, dear readers.
In terms of an actor’s diverse character study, this was one of the best films put to the 2018 Oscar panel and easily one of Daniel Day-Lewis’ top five career performances. I don’t think it was Best Actor worthy, but it’s a feat 90% of Hollywood male leads could never achieve.
The narrative commences in 1954 Fitzrovia where we find Reynolds Woodcock, an internationally renowned dressmaker, charismatic and absolutely controlling meet a young waitress, Alma Elson. He moves her from the Cotswolds to his house and before long they are thrown together, for she is very much in love with him. However, the level of control would astound any Fifty Shades fan and that sense of total control is quite frightening to any normal viewer. He is rigid and that stoic sense keeps us totally on edge, though he erupts on a handful of occasions.
The two of them display an on-screen chemistry that would be very hard to match, they portray the ultimate toxic relationship where neither of them can survive without the other nor can they function normally together. There’s a magical, dreamy, fairy-tale-esque quality to the film and the significance of spirals nods back to Vertigo and the romance of Rebecca (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1940). In short, totally tense, utterly beautiful, a film of dichotomy and confusion. Thoughtful musical score: circular, never-ending, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood gives another symbolic collaboration with Anderson. Glorious open-ending, where one’s interpretation matters not. Avid cinemagoers only – not for the faint-hearted – also, Lesley Manville’s lovingly venomous.
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