14 Feb 2018

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)

☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Brilliantly acted, especially by the scene-stealer Daniel Day-Lewis (tho' his character who goes by the suitable last name of WoodCock is an obnoxious prick) and often looking like a masterfully executed painting worthy of hanging in a museum, PTA's latest film is a tedious Oscar bait, a cinematic equivalent of vanity fair, a pretentious exercise in (posh) style, a hollow, repetitive, elegantly contrived melodrama heightened by sappy score, so please allow me to be the boy who will scream: "The Emperor has no clothes!"

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