Review | Phantom Thread film review: Daniel Day-Lewis shines in twisted fashion-world romance by Paul Thomas Anderson
Feeling like a time capsule dug up from 1950s post-war Britain, Anderson’s romance is sure to leave your head spinning. Day-Lewis is marvellous as the meticulous dressmaker who believes he is cursed in love
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is unique even by his remarkable standards. Set in 1950s post-war Britain, it’s a twisted love story played out in the world of high fashion. Daniel Day-Lewis, Anderson’s Oscar-winning collaborator from There Will Be Blood, stars as Reynolds Woodcock, a meticulous couturier who, together with sister Cyril (Lesley Manville), runs luxury fashion line House of Woodcock.
Haunted by the death of his mother, Reynolds is surrounded by women, but a normal relationship seems beyond him. Then he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps), a German immigrant waitress working in a seaside hotel. After inviting her to dinner, he then takes her measurements. It is a wonderfully strange moment in a film packed full of them. But with his waspish sibling casting a disapproving eye, the course of true love runs anything but smooth.
Featuring a sumptuous score by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Anderson plunges deep into the world of Gothic romance. Bar the odd profanity, Phantom Thread feels like a time capsule, dug up from the era in which it’s set. A testament to the film’s considerable craft (the Oscar-winning costume design in particular), this will leave your head spinning.
Phantom Thread opens on March 8
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