Phantom Thread? (no spoilers)
Posted by Reagan on January 20, 2018, 2:03 am
As has been the case with most PTA movies, I sat in the theater feeling a bit baffled as the credits began to roll but have gradually begun to think that it is, in fact, pretty fantastic. Day-Lewis is glorious, Greenwood's score is remarkable (maybe his best, although I'm partial to TWWB), and Anderson's direction is just jaw-dropping -- the opening 30 minutes in particular are an absolute tour-de-force. The story is interesting; it's much more small-scale than most of his films, which is kind of a shame (I'm used to a wide variety of locations in PTA movies, and this film doesn't really provide that), but on the other hand, it's certainly a tighter, more traditional/accessible little story than the thematically-focused shagginess of something like The Master. It's still character-centered, yes, but the plot is tidy in a way that his films very rarely are. Perhaps the story isn't quite compelling enough to justify the full 2 hours and 10 minutes, but I never really got bored, and the central relationship is indeed fascinating, especially after you've seen the whole film and can fully process what exactly has transpired between the two of them.
Interestingly, it's the sort of movie that many unadventurous elderly filmgoers will see, and I do believe that they'll actually enjoy it -- it's his most accessible in a long, long time, perhaps his most accessible ever. It's still got some trademark PTA weirdness, but it's closer to "Oscar bait"-type filmmaking than anything else he's ever done. Nevertheless, he pulls it off, and I'm honestly very excited to go see it again in a week or two. Perhaps my favorite of the year.