Paul Thomas Anderson movies are wholly unique to any other film made by any other director. Even if he’s making a movie that’s vaguely in the style of another filmmaker (let’s say Boogie Nights is him doing Scorsese; There Will Be Blood is him doing Kubrick; and Mangolia is him doing Robert Altman), his films are unmistakably his own.
Movies like The Immigrant are a revelation. Movies that can hold an audience’s interest solely by writing and performances reaffirm that unique interest in what draws us to a really good drama. We care about what happens to the characters and we hope, despite everything that seems to be happening, that everything will work out okay for them.