Over various breakfast tables in 1950s London, a gloomy monster named Reynolds Woodcock meets, courts, and then becomes annoyed with a woman who is tall and continental. Daniel Day-Lewis is insufferable and slow-moving, and his foil (Vicky Krieps) barely registers, particularly in comparison to Woodcock’s frosty lesbian sister (Lesley Manville). It’s a Paul Thomas Anderson film so there are undertones of childhood trauma, but this time they’re underexplored and feel tacked on. The wallpaper is all very lovely and Woodcock’s sporty red car is nifty, but the film drags on for days and the whole thing feels like a comedy sketch about stuffy art movies.
Phantom Thread is currently playing at Cable Car Cinema, Jane Pickens Theater, Island Cinemas, Showcase Cinemas Warwick, and Entertainment Cinemas South Kingstown.