I’ll drink this milkshake.
Daniel Day-Lewis collaborates one more time with his There Will Be Blood auteur Paul Thomas Anderson in Phantom Thread, a film set in the London fashion world of the 1950s.
This will also be, according to Day-Lewis, the final screen performance for the 3-time Academy Award winning actor. He’s previously announced that he is now retired from film acting. Whether that ends up being true over the long run is a moot point in regards to why this movie is a must-see event; the DDL/PTA team-up is reason enough.
The subject and setting is a particularly interesting choice for the writer/director. Known primarily for a style influenced by American cinema of the 1970s, this looks to be an intriguing clash of austere period and PTA’s visceral intensity. Suffice it to say, the filmmaker’s obsession with obsession seems to be firmly intact.
And if all of that wasn’t intriguing enough, this film marks the debut of Paul Thomas Anderson as cinematographer.
Phantom Thread opens just in time for awards season, on December 25, 2017.