Why Are You Not Married? Daniel Day Lewis’ Phantom Thread Tailor Hides a Secret or Two

Who among us wouldn’t let Daniel Day Lewis “sew” All Our Things? I’ve had my ear out about his rumored last movie, Phantom Thread, since first I caught a whisper of it, and with each passing tidbit, I grow more intrigued.

Yeah, I’ve had a bit of a crush and been in awe of Lewis’ onscreen presence for many years; the greying is only making it stronger. His collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson have been among my favorites; in turn, Anderson’s with Radiohead are spectacular. Combining these creatives in Phantom Thread is, for the many lovers of them all, basically an orgasm in film form.

Add to the mix that though we know very little beyond Lewis’ role as 1950s London designer and tailor, Reynolds Woodcock (heh … yes, we’re all twelve year olds) — a character who may or may not be based on Charles James —  that this trailer has a twisty psychological feel to it, Vicky Krieps as Alma, the object of Woodcock’s obsession, gorgeous clothes, and bits of the Jonny Greenwood composed score, and you’ll understand why I’ll be watching this trailer on a loop the rest of the day.

Join me, won’t you?

While Woodcock gives off a creepish vibe, Alma’s clearly no babe in the woods — she takes control, she appears to be using him to her own effect.

I’ll be curious to see who ends up on top (pun intended). DDL plays guys who have that uncanny ability to come across demure,

to genuinely smile or laugh, one second

Ay, there’s the rub!

and turn terrifying the next.

The production looks sumptuous, the tone is perfectly menacing and vague; color me all in.

Very Dracula-ish …

Phantom Thread is written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and also stars Lesley Manville, Richard Graham, Camilla Rutherford and Jane Perry. It opens Christmas Day.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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