Daniel Day Lewis adds a new extraordinary character to his gallery of extraordinary characters. All men and each one of them totally different and original men. From the gay punk rocker of “My Beautiful Launderette’ to Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln” Now Reynolds Woodcock, a true artist in the world of fashion Lewis portrays a man who lives his work as his only form of expression.
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, Phantom Thread is the most unique romance film to come out in years. The screenplay is engaging and reminiscent of the classic suspense movies with beautiful cinematography and sound track. I didn’t want to blink, because the timeless beauty and sheer elegance that this film has is unparalleled. What kept me so engaged is the breathtaking cinematography shot on a 35mm camera, the outstanding performances from Daniel Day Lewis, and Vicky Kriceps and the amazing dialogue which keeps you immersed in the film playing on your instincts.
The complexity of Ryan Woodcock becomes totally accessible in Daniel Day Lewis’s eyes, with every move and every silence. Phantom Thread is a monumental, beautiful creation. His Alma – the Alma that he chooses – is played with matching intensity by Vicky Krieps and she’s a perfect framer/embracer/provocateur in a remarkable performance. Lesley Manville is equally chillingly perfect as his sister/gate keeper with an eye on everything.
Many people might think ”Oh, Phantom Thread is going to be another typical romance movie, this time about a dressmaker” so they might not watch it. If you feel that way, it’s your loss to miss this gratifying masterpiece film. It is a suspenseful romance film which has rarely been done before. You won’t want to look away from the screen on chance you’ll miss a single nuance.
I am already looking forward to renting it, so I can pour over it and see more of the delicate atmosphere and psychological details. It’s not for the general public that want a more visceral experience, but this film is one of the best movies to come out in the past 5 years and I highly recommend it for true film aficionados. Phantom Thread is elegant and unpredictable from beginning to deliciously Hitchcockian end. Thank you Daniel Day Lewis, what a way to end a career!