I loved it too. My number 5 for the year right now, but I'm rewatching my top 10 and figuring out more solid placements. Personally it had some flavors of The Master, as you said, but I also felt some factors coming from Punch Drunk Love. It's easily his most well paced film since There Will Be Blood and Punch Drunk Love for me. And my third most favorite of PTA's overall, if not second, but it needs more time to gestate for me. First two being Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood. It seems every ten years is when PTA hits his gold standard. Excellent camera work, subtle acting, wonderful dialogue, and if that score and selected period music doesn't wrap the whole film up in a nice box I don't know what does.
That being said, it is easily along the lines of Master and Inherent by not being for everyone. Wishing it gets recognition from the Academy, but I believe that will be minimum at most and mainly focus on the technical side. Glad to hear that someone else enjoyed it. I trust you were as entranced by the beautiful production design. (especially those shots of the food, yum!)
I can't understand why no one is talking about [how disturbing it is to poison someone's food, and then for the other person to know about it and be okay with it?](#spoiler) Surely this is one of the main ideas in the movie. But people are talking about the score, the cinematography, the acting. All good... but Jesus, how disturbing, and how strange that the camera seems to capture it without judgment.
It was definitely well performed. I can’t say the story was something that moved me or will stay with me. It’s strange to me that PTA can go from TWBB, my #1 all
time anything, to The Master, Inherent Vice and now Phantom Thread. I certainly appreciate the unique stories he goes for but I just have to be honest, nothing compares to TWBB. Obviously it’s entirely in its own genre that is separated by its period, but I’m just not feeling the same level of strength in story in his last 3 films. Phantom Thread left me wondering why he wanted to tell this story. I don’t need a giant magnitude of a story to feel entertained, but at a certain point I knew exactly who Reynolds Woodcock was and how his environment around him behaves. There’s nothing more that I want to see, not from satisfaction, but from disinterest. I think he should not have DP’d himself. Would’ve liked to see how far this world could be taken visually. Was pretty flat for the most part. I think if the twist with the mushrooms is to be justified, we could use some more similar idiosyncratic behavior. What we did get didn’t feel poignant enough. The humor left me mildly entertained for the most part. Best part was when Alma leaves to go dancing and Woodcock is just standing by the door.
Ultimately I feel like this film should have had the same grandiose as The Aviator with DiCaprio. It’s telling the same theme of an obsessed artist operating in a world bigger than them but still they manage to control it at every move.
Lastly, the dialogue was superb. Exactly what I expected and then some. If only it was enough to make me want more.
I saw it in 70mm yesterday. I LOVED it but I have no idea where to even BEGIN when discussing it.
I need to see it 5 more times.
I loved it. Just have to say that I could watch DDL sketch out dresses all day long, there's something I love about those quick upclose shots
I thought it was great. I think PTA is the best contemporary director at the moment. The ending was a tiny bit underwhelming but it's just so twisted and I really didn't know what to expect. The music was perfect. The acting was perfect.
Can someone please tell me [the words that were sewn into the hem of the wedding dress they had to repair? It flashed on and off the screen before I had a chance to read it. "Never" something?](#spoiler)
I couldn't get through it. It was just sooo boring. I'll probably get downvoted for this opinion but really though, didn't anyone feel that the film went on for way longer than it needed to with a payoff that just felt underwhelming as hell?