A few months ago, we made you aware of the devastating news that Daniel Day-Lewis would be retiring from the world of acting. Naturally, we’ve been crying ever since, and we can only imagine you have been too. If you missed the reason why he is choosing to break all of our hearts, this is statement his ‘people’ released to the press:
Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.
Although we don’t wish to see this legend shy away from the spotlight, we can at least bask in the news that his final movie will soon be in theaters. Yep, Phantom Thread will serve as Daniel Day-Lewis’s final foray into the world of Hollywood – and it seems this movie was the main reason he decided to leave his decade-long profession. Due to be released on February 2, 2018, Phantom Thread takes place in 1950s London, and follows the life of Reynolds Woodcock (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) – an esteemed dressmaker in the center of high society. As Woodcock dresses the likes of royals, heiresses and movie stars, the notorious bachelor feels unfulfilled in his personal life, until he stumbles across the strong and independent Alma (played by Vicky Krieps). Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, we can’t wait to see what Phantom Thread has to offer – especially as the critics have already had their say on Daniel Day-Lewis’s final film.
With an epic 91% on Rotten Tomatoes already, we can only expect good things from this movie. According to critics, everything from the casting, to the direction and the storyline is filmed to perfection, and is the perfect send-off for the acting legend. Check out what some of the top critics had to say:
It’s an enchanting, eventually mischievous meditation on the lengths to which we go to control and camouflage our most intimate, undefended desires. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
The attention to detail, the use of certain colors, the lush and vibrant photography of the dresses Reynolds makes and the clothes he wears – they’re honestly breathtaking. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Visually sumptuous though it is, this is a brilliantly nuanced, psychologically complex story about the obsession, love, control and surrender, all cloaked in a sophisticated Gothic romance. – Caryn James, BBC.com
However, there are a few people who aren’t SEW pleased with Phantom Thread.
Phantom Thread, as much as it is a meditation on the very real hunger that drives a madman, offer not quite enough in the way of emotional or character nourishment. – Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
Let’s be honest, despite a few rough reviews, we’re still going to watch Phantom Thread for one reason; to say goodbye to our dear friend, Daniel Day-Lewis. We’ll miss you (P.S we will totally wear one of you designs if you want us to).