Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring. We’ve known that for quite some time. The actor has given powerful performances on a consistent basis never, so it is sad to see that all come to an end. One of the most stunning came from a collaboration with Paul Thomas-Anderson in There Will Be Blood, a film for which he earned himself an Academy Award for Best Actor. Though it has been ten years since the two have worked together on a project, it seems fitting that Day-Lewis’ acting career comes to an end with the director’s new film Phantom Thread.
The first trailer for Phantom Thread has been released, and it gives us a small tease of what not only looks like another great film, but a terrific end to an absolutely great career. Check it out here below.
The film centers on Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis), a fashion designer who struggles to find some sort of semblance of normalcy. While his struggles do provide him with the inspiration for his creations, he discovers a muse in Alma (Vicky Krieps), who could be the one who could provide a life of companionship. However, this proves to be difficult as the life he once knew and his career go through an unexpected change.
It’s not as though we haven’t seen this before. Day-Lewis played a similar character in There Will Be Blood where his Daniel Plainview was in a position of power and wealth and saw it spiral out of control when those vices consumed him. So in Phantom Thread, we see a man, yet again, in a position of power and wealth be utterly consumed by it, only to see it warped into something else entirely when an outside force comes into their lives.
But the difference is, Phantom Thread has a lead who wants a different life than the one he is living, and when that opportunity arrives, he doesn’t quite know how to adapt to the new changes.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Phantom Thread also stars Lesley Manville and Richard Graham. It opens in theaters on December 25, 2017.