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Phantom Thread (Blu-ray) review

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Plot

Set in the glamour of the 1950?s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock?s life until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and over. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by the scariest curse of all?love.

My Thoughts

Paul Thomas Anderson is a writer/director who has a loyal following of fans, but I don?t consider me one of this group. While I enjoyed Boogie Nights, I couldn?t stand Magnolia (one of the dumbest movies I?ve ever seen), but I?d heard good things about this and thought I?d give it a try. Well, that was a mistake.

To call this movie slow would be an insult to slow movies. The glacial pacing attempts to set the mood of the film and sets up the love story between the two stars, but frankly, I didn?t find that they had that much chemistry at all?maybe because I was fighting to stay awake! On their own, the acting was quite good, I liked the score, and the cinematography was good, but it just didn?t click with me or my wife.

Video 4.5/5 (AVC)

Audio 4.5/5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Special Features:

- Camera Tests

- For the Hungry Boy (Deleted Scenes)

- House of Woodcock Fashion Show

- Behind the Scenes Photographs

- Blu-ray + Movies Anywhere Digital Copy

Conclusion

This may be one of those movies where you have to be in the right mood to watch it, and I obviously wasn?t. It?s an arthouse film that my appeal to a very narrow audience, but if you?re a fan of Anderson?s other films, you?ll probably like it more than I did.


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