Movies In Focus has been in the Paul Thomas Anderson camp since 1999’s Magnolia (one of the greatest films of all time). Phantom Thread sees PTA reunite with Daniel Day Lewis (after There Will Be Blood) and it looks like a well composed piece, a period drama that again sees the writer-director expand his repertoire.
This will have to be a disaster if it doesn’t get Day-Lewis an Oscar nomination, and that just ain’t gonna happen.
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 hits UK screens on February 2, 2018.