People are such insanely complicated creatures. This is what brings people back to cinema and what keeps the art-form fresh. There will never be an end to the stories you can just tell about people. Two people sharing a life together is the most interesting thing on earth, and you can make movie after movie after movie about just two people, and every single one will be different. Phantom Thread is an achievement on so many different levels, but the one that is sticking in my head is just how well done the characters were. They were truly fleshed out, human individuals, as deep and complex as you and I. The power of good writing and good acting is something that cannot be ignored, and combined with the brilliant score and the masterful directing, Phantom Thread had me smiling in admiration for nearly the entire runtime, simply because it's just a joy to behold a piece of art so beautifully constructed.