Drama


Phantom Thread


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
130 mins
Stars:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer:
Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar)

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


implied sex between a couple (nothing seen); kissing

Language


multiple uses of "f***" and "h***"

Violence


no onscreen violence, but building tension to suggest an attempted murder; character is violently ill in some scenes

Drugs


several scenes in which cocktails and/or wine are served to and consumed by main characters

Nudity


some garments may prove somewhat revealing, involving cleavage and bare skin

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.


Movie Message

Paul Thomas Anderson, by now, is a cabinet of curiosities as a filmmaker. While certainly a prolific auteur in the rites of Robert Altman and his ensemble pieces, he can, chameleon-like, transform into a hypnotic and singular voice in character studies and plot-driven attempts. In his latest, Phantom Thread, he channels the likes of some of Hitchcock’s best: not the hysterics and violence of Psycho, or the looming peril of The Birds, or even the voyeuristic paranoia of Vertigo. The melodrama and building gloom of Rebecca and other slow-burning masterpieces haunt the frames of Anderson’s new film, and it is enlightening to behold, all 130 minutes.

The simplicity of the film is deceiving. Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), one of London’s most sought-out dressmakers, meets Alma (Vicky Krieps), and seduction goes both ways. While he can’t seem to live without her in his meticulous and most particular ways, she also carries the weight of knowing that her being carries Reynolds’ success along. Thus begins a cycle of parlor games between the two, where trust is cold war of tete-a-tete and, simply, getting to know and believe what the other person is truly about.

Deep down, the film is a chess match of sexual politics, which questions and makes one think of the exact underlying meaning of marriage. Slyly, Anderson makes the case that it is both a discomforting prospect yet somehow worthwhile, all in ways you have to see to believe. Day-Lewis, in his supposed and sorrowful final screen performance, is nothing short of perfect as a man who has spent his life in the finest garments, only to find them gradually unraveling. Likewise, newcomer Krieps has, arguably, the more tricky task of matching and exceeding the great thespian that is Day-Lewis, and watching her character of Alma blossom is nothing short of astounding.

I would be remiss not to mention the craft of the film, particularly in the integral costume design, the exacting and detailed eye of the photography (by Anderson’s own hand, mind you), and Jonny Greenwood's mesmerizing score. They go beyond being “well done”; they make the movie breathe.

Due to some coarse language and hints at violent acts, the film is not Dove-Approved but undoubtedly is a fascinating study for those willing to dive into some of these more profound questions. Hypnotic, just as Anderson is, Phantom Thread casts a spell, one that is at once prickly and strangely affirming.

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