WHAT'S IT ABOUT

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

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  1. James Tinniswood January 1, 2019

    Daniel Day-Lewis? Daniel Dresses-Ladies! (What? Never mind.) Firmly in the grand “There Will Be Blood”/”The Master” style of Paul Thomas Anderson movies – not the needle-dropping “Boogie Nights”/”Magnolia” style – this is one of his good ones. DDL is, naturally, fantastic: there’s a shot where he’s just putting on pants and it’s utterly compelling. Woodcock isn’t prone to snap rants about drinking milkshakes, but DDL again brings such a soft-spoken intensity that you think he just might. The kitchen scene near the end is Tarantino-like in its suspense-building. The movie looks and sounds great; a score that’s alternatingly beautiful and tense, gorgeous costumes and cinematography. An unconventional “romance” question mark?

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