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Film Review: Phantom Thread

“Reynolds Has Made My Dreams Come True. And I Had Given Him What He Desires Most In Return…”

Of all historic collaborations which have resulted in works of acclaimed artistic brilliance, the combination of director, Paul Thomas Anderson, and acting aficionado, Daniel Day-Lewis, deservedly unearths a mouthwatering level of anticipation, particularly after their rousing success together on 2007’s There Will Be Blood, a movie which not only garnered Academy Award success for the English screen legend but remains my personal favourite Anderson release within a career blossoming with quality examples of modern cinema ranging from the intertwining character study of Magnolia to the drug infused oddity of Inherent Vice. Returning together with Phantom Thread, a beautifully twisted romantic drama with a self-proclaimed final performance from Daniel Day-Lewis as the fictional renowned fashion designer, Reynolds Woodcock, Anderson’s latest is a flawlessly designed work of art which mirrors its’ leading character’s penchant for exactness and measured perfection with a swooning, subversive portrayal of a household bursting with colourful and beautifully constructed characters which are brought to fruition in ways larger than life by a cast which under the wing of Anderson, are truly magnificent.

Focusing on the blossoming relationship between Day-Lewis’s Woodcock and the foreign, quaint muse figure of Vicky Krieps’ (A Most Wanted Man) Alma Elson, Anderson’s script moves in an unpredictable and sometimes quirky fashion, switching from a romantic tale of wonder to a character study of indecision and power, one which utilises minor incidents of subverted gothic tragedy and a heavy dose of laugh out loud comedy to create a combination of elements which only a filmmaker with the pedigree of Anderson could have successfully pulled off. With Lesley Manville’s (Hampstead) eagle eyed and priggish Cyril Woodcock equally as fascinating as her on-screen sibling, Phantom Thread’s triage of leading performers all work in equal symmetry in bringing to life an absorbing, sometimes jaw-droppingly beautiful piece of cinema, and with a well orchestrated accompanying score from Radiohead’s stupidly talented, Jonny Greenwood, whose Academy Award nomination slightly makes up for the ludicrous decision to prevent him from being nominated for There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest is really something, and if we are indeed witnessing the final performance of the truly magnanimous Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread sure is an outstanding way to bow out.

Overall Score: 9/10 

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Oscar winners!

Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz Django

Animated short film:

Paparman

Animated feature film:

Brave

Cinemtography:

Life of pi – Claudio Miranda

Visual effects:

Life of pi

Costume design:

Anna Kerinina – grew up in the UK

Make up and hairstyling:

Les miserables

 

Live action short film:

Curfew

Documentry short subject:

Inocente

Documentary feature:

Searching for sugar man

Best foreign language film:

Amour


Best sound mixer:

Les miserable

Sound editing:

Tie!

Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall

Best supporting actress:

Ann Hathaway

Film editing:

Argo

production design and set decoration:

Lincoln


original score:

Life of pi

original song:

Skyfall

Adapted screenplay:

Argo

original screenplay:

Django unchained

Best Director:

Ang Lee – life of pi

Best leading actress:

Jennifer Lawrence – silver linings play book

Beat leading actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis [Lincoln] – First actor to win 3 times in this category.

Best movie:

Argo!

Oscars [Pre-event]

OSCAR-2013-Promo-Poster-02The internet is a buzz with rumour. The media is waiting with baited breath, the public waits eagerly. Can Daniel Day-Lewis score the third Oscar to make Oscar history. The glitz and glamour may be what attracts some here, but we are here for the full event. Seth Macfarlane is preparing to host the biggest time in the year for the film industry, will he be better than Steven Fry at the Grammys? (I really don’t know!). Personally I missed out on seeing most of the movies in cinema apart from Django, which I’m very distraught about!

Everyone, enjoy the Oscars. Keep rooting for your favourites and let us know who you want to win and for what categories!

Watch it on the Sky Movies Oscars channel or on the live Google stream [Live now] at 1:30AM here in the UK!

google.com/oscars

I will return tomorrow hopefully to with a nice list for everyone to digest!