The trailer and poster have arrived for Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. There aren’t many directors these days whose films can be fairly described as events, but Anderson is one of them. The filmmaker behind Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, and Inherent Vice only releases new films every three to four years, but when he does it’s always a big part of the film conversation in a particular year.
Anderson’s latest film has been somewhat shrouded in mystery since it was first announced, but here’s what we know so far. It’s called Phantom Thread. It stars Day-Lewis in his first role since Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in 2012 and supposedly his last performance before he retires. It’s set in the London fashion world of the 1950s. Day-Lewis’ character’s name is Reynolds Woodcock. Anderson wrote and directed it, with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who scored the last three PTA films (There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Inherent Vice) returning to write the score. Now, we have our first look at the film proper.
Focus Features has now released the first trailer for Phantom Thread online (see the video above). The two-minute preview features Day-Lewis tailoring and discussing clothes and their importance to him, while flirting/romancing a much younger woman (Vicky Krieps). There’s also talk of a curse, and of the protagonist’s struggle with love; we also see that Reynolds works closely with his sister (Lesley Manville). Phantom Thread also has a poster now, which you can check out below:
The trailer also emphasizes the look of the film: a washed-out period aesthetic, with opulent settings and costumes. Between the visual style, the escalating tension, Day-Lewis’ authoritative screen presence and Greenwood’s score, the vibe of the trailer is much more similar to There Will Be Blood than to any other previous Anderson movie.
Can Phantom Thread make a different at the box office or awards season? It’s largely been absent from the Oscar buzz conversation thus far, although that may be because no one has seen the film yet. Unlike many of its competitors, the movie hasn’t been showing at festivals throughout the fall. Anderson’s last film, 2014’s Inherent Vice, developed something of a cult following, but it didn’t make much of an awards dent.
Then again, Day-Lewis is a three-time Oscar winner for Best Actor, Anderson is a major talent, and the last time he and Day-Lewis worked together, on There Will Be Blood, it resulted in one of the most acclaimed films of the decade. The movie world will be eagerly eying Phantom Thread’s arrival in December, for those reasons.
Source: Focus Features
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