2017 kept its greatest work toward the end of the year. This went as expected; many producers and studios try to get their most proud work recognized during the awards season. One film that definitely made an impact was the secretive “Phantom Thread” by Paul Thomas Anderson. All we knew about the film was that it is apparently the last performance of Daniel Day-Lewis’s brilliant career.
Otherwise, we didn’t get a single piece of promotional material until the winter release date was looming over our heads; it was almost as if the film wouldn’t arrive at all. This isn’t unusual for Anderson, who has hidden behind the spotlight of other films while “The Master” seeped into the forefront from out of nowhere.
“Phantom Thread” worked the same way. This works because we have come to expect great things from the Californian director, whose canon is possibly one of the most solid you can find today (“Hard Eight,” “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood,” The Master” and “Inherent Vice”). That isn’t an unranked top 10 list. I simply spewed out the films he made in order, and the quality from all of the above says enough that it could be mistaken for either.
When it comes to “Phantom Thread,” whose lush qualities have the cinematic world in a stranglehold, it is a typical day at the office for PTA. In terms of how it sits in the scope of 2017’s films, it certainly is one of the best of the year. When you look at Anderson’s directorial work on the film, it is actually difficult to argue against the notion that it may possibly be the best direction in a film from 2017.
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From:: Taste Of Cinema