A review of Phantom Thread


This film set in London in the 1950s amidst the world of high fashion was given huge accolades, nominated for numerous awards and in the USA voted to be in the top ten films of 2017.


15_PhantomThread.jpg© 2017 Focus Features LLC. All Rights Reserved.The positives are great acting, superb cinematography, and a gripping musical score, that haunts you even after the film is over. Apart from the opening scenes it could be set in anytime period and had no sense of the 1950s. It is a high-class film in every sense of the word.


Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. He chooses her after meeting her as a waitress. His is the world of fashion for Royalty, The House Of Woodcock run by himself and his sister Cyril. He is focussed, stressed, eccentric and rude. 


08_PhantomThread.jpg© 2017 Focus Features LLC. All Rights Reserved.Alma, well what a strange girl she turns out to be. It is a  strange story indeed involving amongst other things a bizarre obsession with his sister, his food, the noise of toast and wild poisonous mushrooms picked by Alma on purpose.


It’s a beautiful film to watch. To be honest, though I enjoyed it but didn’t like it, which is a paradox as yet unresolved in my mind. Indeed there is a paradox in the whole film that is resolved in the final scenes.


Do tell me what you think? It is available now on Sky Cinema.



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