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If Anderson's The Master was a swirling miasma, Phantom Thread is an unforgiving dress. It presents an ideal and even inspires wonder, but it does make breathing difficult, and heaven help you if all you want is to have a good time.
Like all of Anderson's efforts, "Phantom Thread" is beautiful and intriguing, but it's also a film that is not unlike its central character: easy to respect and admire, and nearly impossible to fully love.
If Phantom Thread truly does represent Daniel Day-Lewis' announced swan-song from acting, he heads into retirement on a high note in terms of his performance. The movie itself is a sumptuous but chilly affair.
It's a rare combination of audacity and precision, impeccably tailored yet full of mystery and magic, like an essential part of it is beyond Anderson's control. Just defining what the film is presents an formidable set of obstacles.
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis, both in peak form, use the fashion world to tackle the agony and euphoria of creation. Taking full measure of Phantom Thread may require more than one viewing. Our advice for now: just sit back and behold.
Phantom Thread unfolds so quietly that the questions it's asking about the nature of desire and attraction, and its delicately confrontational back and forth between Alma and Reynolds, may not register immediately.
It's set in an evocative ecosphere of haute couture fashion. But by the time it reaches its appetizingly perverse end, the film primarily reaffirms Anderson's own skill at hand-crafting exquisitely conflicting interior and external worlds.
The director's most outwardly accessible movie in ages, "Phantom Thread" is at once an evocative period drama and a magical fable about lonely, solipsistic people finding solace in their mutual sense of alienation.