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DANIEL DAY-LEWIS’S FINAL ROLE IS THE ULTIMATE THESP MIC-DROP
You might have marvelled at him as William “Bill the Butcher” Cutting in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, or as Daniel Plainview in Paul Thomas Anderson’s
There Will Be Blood, or in the titular role of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, but rest assured, when you see Daniel Day-Lewis’s final acting role, having announced his retirement earlier this year, it will be like nothing you’ve seen him do before. Phantom Thread, again with Anderson, is the story of a twisted love affair between a celebrated society tailor, Reynolds Woodcock, and his unruly muse, Alma (Vicky Krieps). Though Reynolds has Day-Lewis’s aquiline profile and stormy brow, he is not visceral like Bill, or slick like Daniel, or staid like Abe. He is an almost ethereal entity — not quite engaged with this world, or perhaps of it. Even Day-Lewis’s voice, which can boom like a bassoon or inveigle like an oboe, is this time as delicate and serpentine as a flute playing a minor key. Take it from us: there will be Oscars.
Phantom Thread is out in cinemas on 2 February