Master Review: Phantom Thread

Master Review: Phantom Thread

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Master Review: Phantom Thread

            The Phantom thread is an example of how not to have a relationship. When I went in to see this film I felt apprehensive about what I was going to see. I heard from my inner circle a strong dislike for this film. So I wasn’t expecting it to be an enjoyable film. What I expected was a tale that was traumatic not only to the characters in this film but also to the view simply from transference.

            This film does deliver on these points but it’s not as strong as an abusive relationship story as I thought. It is a tale of a relationship neglect, control, condescending, lack of emotion and considerations. In fact, the character of Reynolds Woodcock seems to be downright inhuman and somewhat lacking of the ability to empathies with others. Instead Woodcock spends most of his time only worrying about himself and how he feels and how that will impact his work. Throughout the film it is clear that his work as a famous dress maker is his top priority. It could very well be his only priority nothing else seems to really matter to him or phase him.

            This until the character of Alma come into the film. After unceremoniously getting rid of his current relationship Woodcock travels into the country where he meets Alma. Instantly they become romantically involved together. It’s a very emotionally draining and abusive relationship mainly on Woodcocks part and the film takes a trajectory of getting more and more hurtful.

            While this is a stressful movie to watch the pacing was good. I never found myself bored with the scenes and there were some good character in this film. I’d recommend going to see this film, but be prepared. It’s not a happy film. In fact, the film focuses on a relationship that seems to be somewhat of a train wreck the entire time. It is however, worth the time.

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