The hypnotic and unconventional Phantom Thread

You won’t see much of the complete picture of Phantom Thread from watching the trailer. That can be a good and bad thing because it might discourage people from seeing it because this movie could easily be a boring stiff upper lip british society kind of movie with not much to offer except showing how rich upper class British society live in the ’50s era. The good part is the trailer did not paint a summary of the entire movie to the audience like most of the big blockbuster trailer usually does, leaving not much for the audiences to anticipate when they actually go see the movie.

I was intrigue by this film based on the fact that Paul Thomas Anderson is the director and his re-teaming with Daniel Day-Lewis, who is very picky about the movie he choose to work in. Turned out this movie is another masterpiece in Paul Thomas Anderson’s portfolio of filmography. This also happened to be Daniel Day-Lewis’ last film because he announced that he is retiring from the movie industry. I guess this mean I will be seeing him more around my neighborhood because he literally live on the next street from where I live and I occasionally saw him jog around the park from time to time.

This movie was shot in a slow and hypnotic pace and never really quite pick up the pace but that’s a very good thing. What started as a cinematic portrait of an aging couture designer who is living alone at the twilight of his life gradually unfold into a very interesting and unusual love story.
No spoiler here. Just go and see how an expert director like Paul Thomas Anderson can take a simple story and turn it into a cinematic masterpiece.
Oh, and the fact that the soundtrack is scored by Jonnie Greenwood (The lead guitarist from the band Radiohead) further elevate the movie. He also teamed up with PT Anderson and co. in  the movie There Will Be Blood.

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