The fashion film is an extremely delicate film from Paul Thomas Anderson, and at the same time marks the farewell to the screen of one of Hollywood’s top actors – Daniel Day-Lewis.
Phantom Thread is a romantic film directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson. The film stars Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville. Launched in 2017, Phantom Thread received 6 Oscar nominations and won the Best Costume Design award. The feeling of the writer after watching the movie is that there is a rebellion combined with elegance to create an interesting love story. Is it true that when in love, no one wants to be an ordinary person?
The British capital London after World War II is still an ancient city with aristocratic beauty, radio stations, and elegant people who cherish the traditional beauty.
The most representative representative of London’s personality in the 1950s is the famous stylist Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) – author of countless glamorous dresses, and the dream of not only. British aristocracy, but also the princesses, princesses of the European royalty.
Inherited from a deceased mother who loves fashion and care for every needle line right from her teenage years, Reynolds always offers its customers luxurious dresses in a classic, just enough style. sacrifices to honor the beauty of the person wearing them.
To have these artful fashion products, Reynolds Woodcock chose to live more alone. He spends most of his time confined to the creative space, and leaves the management of the Woodcock fashion house, and his own life, to his only relative, his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville).
But no matter how much she wanted to separate herself from mundane life, Reynolds still needed a muse in life. These are young girls with a well-proportioned figure, which can help him come up with creative ideas before delivering them to clients.
Of course, many young girls find it hard to resist Woodcock’s call to become the muse, not only because of the talent and fame of London’s top stylist, but also because Reynolds Woodcock is the man. delicate, and very attentive to women.
But then all soon realized that Woodcock treasured his muses in the way that the tailor cared for the wooden mannequins. That is the purely professional respect, coldness and the lack of love between people and people.
Moreover, the fastidious sister Cyril Woodcock is also always willing to help Reynolds get rid of muses like Johanna (Camilla Rutherford) when they intend to cross the career boundaries to bring closer to the delicate soul of fashion master.
Another young girl in love with Reynolds Woodcock likewise is waitress Alma Elson (Vicky Krieps). Loving Reynolds at first sight, Alma quickly accepted to become the newest muse of the Woodcock fashion house to live with him, to have him daily dressed in dresses to enhance her innocent beauty. Poetry to the heart of the girl.
But unlike the “old” muses, Alma is determined to use her affection and strength to find her way into the stylist’s heart, despite Cyril’s scrutiny and determination to sacrifice her life for art by Reynolds Woodcock himself.
Will Alma become the “new victim” of Reynolds’s creative path? Or will strong love help Alma open the door of the famous stylist’s closed soul?
From the beginning, Phantom Thread has made viewers curious when Alma shared that she had given Reynolds her little by little, about a love story that insiders are willing to love wholeheartedly. As a famous designer in London, Reynolds has no shortage of girls and ladies ready to line up to wear his designer outfit. However, Reynolds trot fell in love with his “muse” at a restaurant in the countryside, where she was working as a waiter. An innocent, unafraid girl blew a new wind into Reynolds’s life and not long after, he realized his feelings through his tight fist while walking with Alma.
However, when moving to London seriously with her lover who only knew how to work, Alma from the underworld, she regained her attention. Alma’s rebellion can be seen in the episodes where she disturbed Reynolds, when she offered tea when she was not needed, when she ate again, caused a stir and even poisoned her lover. The writer loves Alma’s eating segment when Reynolds and her sister Cyril are in need of tranquility, Alma is not afraid to swing the knife and fork, causing distracting noises. That segment in the Phantom Thread was not loaded with background music, but completely silent to bring up the annoying ASMR sounds. An intelligent rebellion is placed in the space of luxury and contrast.
Alma, though not from a noble background, is the “muse” Reynolds looks for with the perfect body ratio: small breasts, enlarged hips and buttocks. Although Alma does not love the favorite materials of the era, she is willing to stand for hours for her lover to tailor and make beautiful dresses. Phantom Thread built such an Alma so that when she saw that Woodcock’s dress was out of place, she angrily stripped her client’s body. What a remarkable rebellion Anderson made. Alma may not love fashion, but she understood the Woodcock brand as she witnessed the dedication Reynolds put into each dress.
And most prominent is Alma’s rebellion for Reynolds and the wedding dress he made for the princess. Contrary to what viewers thought, Reynolds needed Alma more than ever after the poisoning. Perhaps, that conservative person is just a shell and passion, enthusiasm for fashion also salves the crazy love that he trot gives Alma. “Kiss me, my girl, before I’m sick.” it was the declaration of collapsed before the unusual love between Reynolds and Alma.
As a film with a fashion element, Phantom Thread attaches great importance to costumes that any fashionista loves. The film shows how to make a tailor-made dress need to be meticulously tailored, each line on the outfit is elaborated and refined. Not only in the actor’s acting, but the sophistication of those dresses exuded the “passion for fashion” look that the crew put in. What’s more, the Woodcock’s maids are all tailors, or work related to real-life fashion.
Besides, the filming and background arrangement of Phantom Thread also show elegance. The writer loves the far and near panning scenes, the arrangement of the camera angle and many segments that stretch out very smoothly, especially in the opening scene and fashion show. It can be said that each of Anderson’s movies knows how to attract audiences. Not only that, the melodious soundtrack, which is reasonably integrated in the poetic sky when Reynolds and Alma fall in love, really makes viewers fall in love, understanding why they are so wobbly for each other.
The greatest elegance in Phantom Thread is the great acting and co-starring of the two main actors that Vicky Krieps and Daniel Day-Lewis both received Oscar nominations. They love each other, they are crazy about each other and how they suffer are all fully expressed by Krieps and Day-Lewis, the chemistry between them may make the audience think that they are a couple, not. are filming. Each of those eyes, smiles, the way they immerse themselves in each other, if you have ever loved or are in love, you will surely not feel strange.
A subtle film like Phantom Thread must need actors who are sensitive and talented enough to bring the emotions and thoughts of the characters to the audience without having to use too many lines or even acting.
The trio was trusted by Paul Thomas Anderson as two veteran actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville of England, and new faces Vicky Krieps from Luxembourg.
In particular, Daniel Day-Lewis’s presence in Phantom Thread is even more of a concern than a famous director like Anderson having his first new work in three years. Because the star who won three Oscar gold statues in the category of Best Actor has declared this as his last project before officially retiring.
Daniel Day-Lewis is famous for being picky about projects, because he always devotes his mind and mind to completely immerse himself in each character. There have been only 7 roles on the big screen in the past 20 years, but most of Day-Lewis’s performances are worthy of the classics like in Gangs of New York (2002), There Will Be Blood or Lincoln. (2012).
Maybe Phantom Thread is not the right film for the masses, but this is the film to feel the sophistication and elegance of fashion combined with the intelligent rebellion of love. And this is also a movie for us to reflect on, if one day we are skeptical about each other’s feelings, how far can we go to get answers? Poisoned? Or still quietly resigned?