Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Phantom Thread was presented in New York City on December 11, 2017, and was released in the United States on Christmas day. Written and directed by Anderson, this drama is a peculiar view of post-war society and the fashion industry of the fifties.
Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a very well known stylist living in a glamorous, post-war London. He works with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville). Together, they dress royalty and movie stars. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life until he meets a waitress, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who steals his soul and becomes his muse and lover. And suddenly, his perfect and successful life is at risk because of love.
Phantom Thread stands out in many different ways. Anderson’s kindly steals from Kubrick and Hitchcock. Day-Lewis makes sure we will miss him thanks to a touching performance. A fantastic movie score is just the icing on the cake. One of my 2017 favorites.
No. But Phantom Thread is running for 5 more Oscars (Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Directing). I see two clear changes for this movie: best original score and best costume design. A pity that Day-Lewis does not have big chances against Oldman, but the Churchill we saw in Darkest Hour is just unattainable.
Phantom Thread is Day-Lewis last movie and the actor contributed deeply to many aspects of the production. For example, he decided the name of his own character and he even contributed to design some of the costumes.