There Will Be Blood(2008)
A sprawling epic about family, faith, power and oil, set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. Written and directed by P.T. Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights), the story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis in an Oscar-winning performance), who transforms himself into a self-made oil tycoon.... More
When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West with an ocean of oil under it, he heads with his son to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the holy roller church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But with great fortune comes great greed and conflicts escalate. The lives of Plainview, H.W. and Eli become imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
The entire work revolves around the magnificent Daniel Day-Lewis (a.k.a. method actor extraordinaire), who plays Daniel Plainview as a man who will stop at nothing in his quest for success in the oil industry. Plainview is a deeply antisocial person ("I hate most people"), refusing to trust anyone other than himself. Day-Lewis' performance is akin to a knockout roundhouse kick to the head. Nothing has stunned me more, not even Auckland’s ridiculously high movie ticket prices.
Paul Dano (the mute son from Little Miss Sunshine) is brilliantly mad as Eli Sunday, the evangelical young town preacher. He parallels the character of Plainview in several ways; Plainview is industry, Eli is religion but they are both corrupt and devious in their own indomitable way.
And at first glance it seems the film is saying something big about the twin strands of industry and religion in the early part of the Twentieth Century. On reflection, it's a more personal affair, even a character study. There's something horrific about the way Plainview pursues his goals, and the film wraps itself around him intimately, especially when he starts to strip away anything that gets between him and his intentions. Greed, it seems, is his only true friend.
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been enlisted to score the movie, and he provides the most interesting and compelling of musical accompaniments. His score is quite strange, full of urgent strings and mechanical percussion. It suggests a deep unsettling horror which builds throughout.
The script is very smart, and quite economical. Granted, the film is very long and certainly has an epic feel, but it is never boring. It meanders a bit towards the end, but concludes with an insane final scene which is unexpected and yet entirely fitting, and includes one of the best final lines of dialogue that I've heard in a while. That, my friends, is the way to end a movie.
But what really sells this film is the sheer craftsmanship at work. It is beautifully shot with grand widescreen panoramas and bold camera movements. The sound design, particularly when one character experiences deafness, is brilliant. The editing is frequently surprising and inventive. There Will Be Blood is a prime example of cinema being used to its full potential, and I absolutely loved it.
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There Will Be Blood
BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Paul Thomas Anderson delivers what is quite simply a masterpiece of cinema. Breathtaking cinematography, acting, script, design and a powerhouse central performance by Daniel Day Lewis. If you loved Anderson's 'Hard Eight,' 'Boogie Nights,' and 'Magnolia' - you ain't seen nothing yet! Anderson snatches away Scorcese's crown as America's greatest living film director in a simply masterful movie. In one word? "Wow."
That is the power of the intrusive and brutal soundtrack. It often seems to peak when not much is happening but that is because of what lies beneath... More the action or lack of it.
It's not really based on the book except as a milieu for a new version of Plainview to emerge.Hide
BY Bonux superstar
I felt like a learnt from this movie - about the passions, aesthetics and lives of turn of the century california, how oil was sought, found, and transported and how humans can be driven to self combust. Daniel Day Lewis is searing as is the film from beginning to end.
We had terrible front row seats and not many movies could carry the burden of discomfort for 238 minutes like this one could. A must-see for many reasons.
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