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Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread

I entered the AMC theater to watch Oscar nominated film Phantom Thread with the viewing expectation of a dramatic love story between a innocent young woman and a renowned dressmaker. When I walked out, that expectation had been shattered.

It was replaced with an unanticipated sense of bewilderment. Straying from the plot of a typical romance, the twisted love affair between the two protagonists sets this story apart from those I usually indulge in.

Set in the post-war glamour of 1950’s London, the film begins with the typical day of Reynolds Woodstock; a man famous for his hand-crafted couture gowns for made women belonging at the top of the upper class. This character, played by three time Oscar award winner Daniel Day-Lewis, is a meticulous and rather cold being held together by his rigid routine. Due to his reputation, a never ending supply of beautiful women are at his disposal for inspiration and pleasure.

This is until a simple, yet strong-willed woman named Alma, portrayed by Vicky Krepes,  enters Woodstock’s life in a restaurant out in the country. The connection was seemingly instant between the two and foreshadowed the deeply intimate relationship that took place throughout the film.

In addition to the fascinating plot, the level of acting in Phantom Thread exceeded my expectations. Day-Lewis and Krepes dove into their roles and brought an intensity to the characters that drew me in and had me hooked.

The score  was yet another aspect of the film that surprised me. It significantly contributed to the mood of each scene. Simply put, it was beautiful.

Overall I consider Phantom Thread an exquisite film. Critics agree, and the it is nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design.

I leave you with this. If you find yourself intrigued even in the slightest by the unconventional love, exceptional acting, or unique vision, I encourage you to see this film.

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