This is it, guys, Phantom Thread is set to be the final acting performance of Daniel Day-Lewis’s prolific career. He had a spokesperson come out over the summer to announce this decision. He has always been somewhat of a recluse and has taken time off before. But he has never retired from the profession.
Day-Lewis is a generational talent. He is the only man to win “Best Actor” award three times, which he has done for My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, and Lincoln. Paul Thomas Anderson writes and directs the upcoming Phantom Thread. This is not the first time he has worked with Day-Lewis. The two collaborated on There Will Be Blood, so a standard of excellence is set.
What I enjoy most about this trailer is the vagueness of it all. Not much information can be expunged from it. There is a man who makes clothes who seems to live a rather inclusive life, which gets turned upside down when he falls in love with a younger woman. That is pretty much all you can get. Which is fine by me. I don’t need to ever be drawn in by knowing what the movie is going to be about. You put Day-Lewis and Anderson together in a film and I am already in. Just tell me where to show up.
Day-Lewis inhales every role he comes across. The last time we were blessed by a performance was in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. As previously mentioned, he won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Lead Performance. I don’t want to get too ahead of myself here, as I am sure there will be a bunch of wonderful performances coming up, but Day-Lewis will be an overwhelming favorite to win his fourth. Especially since it is known that he is retiring. A parting gift only seems appropriate.
And as far as the material he will have to work with, well, Anderson has proven time and again that he can deliver the goods. Often he works in the surreal, or at least in some sense of hyper-reality. The best example of this is in The Master, which stars Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. I am not expecting that sort of tone or mental intensity for this one, but all of his films navigate personal demons in one way or another.
Phantom Thread hits theaters on Christmas Day, 2017.