Phantom Thread (2017)

Somewhere deep inside my heart, I knew I hoped for a miracle. That somehow this film could have walked away with one of the major awards at the Oscars. It was extremely unlikely, I still had hoped for a miracle. Well, better one than none.

Phantom Thread was personally my favourite film this Oscar season. Even though — amongst the ones I liked the most — Dunkirk was most grand, The Florida Project most meaningful, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri most heartbreaking and I, Tonya most entertaining. The thing about Phantom Thread that made it extra special for me was because it checked off all the right boxes for me. The plot was fresh, the mise-en-scene was beautiful, the script was dark and funny and inspiring, the chemistry was real and the soundtrack!!! I can go on for quite a bit. In a nutshell, Phantom Thread is one of my favourite romance films ever because it has a bit of a thriller element in it, and it’s slightly macabre (or some might say morbid).

Nothing puts me off more that cheesy romance films, so when a director gets it very right, I’d feel as if all the time I’ve wasted on those rubbish films, in order to find this gem, was worth it.

I feel as if I’ve been looking for you for a very long time. — Reynolds Woodcock

Another thing that made me love this film, the same way I love The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola, was how Paul Thomas Anderson created such strong female characters. It’s one thing to have a chauvinistic man as the lead role, but to have two equally strong women by his side, who give in to his ridiculous behaviour most of the time but still have the ability to put him in his place when the situation calls for it, I found that extremely empowering. As I’ve once read in Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, “helplessness was often a way of exercising power”, and I think this could be a very effective tool if it were written into the story in the right way.

Don’t pick a fight with me, you certainly won’t come out alive. I’ll go right through you and it’ll be you who ends up on the floor. Understood? — Cyril to Reynolds


Cyril Woodcock might be my favourite character of Phantom Thread. Lesley Manville is a legend. If Allison Janney weren’t competing in this year’s Oscars I would have loved Lesley Manville to win the award of Best Supporting Actress. Then again she’s so cool I don’t think she’d give a damn about the Oscars.

I’m definitely adding this film to my list. I absolutely love it and I give it a 10/10 (which is quite an impossible score if you think about it, but I can’t for the life of me find anything wrong with the film because it really was perfection to me).

And I’m gonna get this movie on DVD and Blu-Ray.