A slow-moving film centred around nineteen-fifties haute-couture would normally be a pretty hard sell for me. But when it is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and features the final big-screen appearance of Daniel Day-Lewis prior to his most recent retirement, then even I can be convinced that it might be worth a watch.
That said, I’m not entirely certain that I really ‘got’ 2017’s Phantom Thread but there is no disputing that Day-Lewis gives the kind of invested and peerless performance that we have come expect of him. Co-stars Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps are also more than competent and while the narrative could never be accused of being pacey, it is quite clearly a film that has been made by people who know what they’re doing and thus fairly watchable.
Score for Christmasishness
Not specifically set at Christmas but towards the end of the movie there is a Christmas party and a New Years Eve party and, insofar as I understood the plot (and I wouldn’t be overly confident in declaring that I understood it at all) both seem to be quite important. And there is a rather lovely Christmas tree. Therefore it is only fair to declare that Phantom Thread is a bit Christmas(ish).