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Phantom Thread

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Elegant power struggle in the fashion world; salty language.

Movie R 2017 130 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

Strong film, but not quite sure the message matches the performances

A meticulous film with a fantabulous Method actor in Daniel Day-Lewis. However, the triumph of an unconventional, manipulative and violent relationship was not to my personal liking. Although it makes sense in the story it also comes off a bit forced. Manville and Krieps hold their own quite well but ultimately still comes off as a tough sell.
age 11+
Nonsexual nudity and a bit of language is all. The main problem with Phantom Thread is a twist towards the end that completely ruined the plot.

Is It Any Good?

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson takes a break from films that are trying to "say something" to return to a story about people; this is one of his best, most beautiful, and most perverse works. Presented elegantly and slowly, Phantom Thread moves around Reynolds Woodcock's glorious mansion and work space, taking in all his intricate threadwork and admiring every drape and fold of the material. It's Jonny Greenwood's score that provides the sinister, anxious quality that lurks just under the exquisite surface. In certain ways, the movie is almost Hitchcockian.

Stripped of makeup and mannerisms, Day-Lewis gives something close to a basic human performance, but it's still commanding; his seductive use of masculinity recalls his earlier role in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Manville stands out, too, locking her passions inside a starchy, austere character but still capable of doing so much with her eyes and sour line readings. It's refreshing that the movie avoids hysterics and major plot twists; it stays largely within the house and largely focused on these three characters as they subtly try to one-up each other's level of power. It's a grand movie, but it's also subtle and mischievous.

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