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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.
BY Ken-Burns superstar
Daniel Day Lewis turns nasty in this film. Starts off well and ends badly. This is what money can do do you. Self possessed and indulgent. No feeling for the world. A brilliant piece of cinema that is not really for the faint hearted. He well deserved the awards for his performance
I noted that at the end of the viewing no... More one in the theater moved for about one minute...people were stunned... For me, it took a while to emotionally shake of the taint of being exposed to the lesser aspects of the human condition, the grasping, vain, self delusion and egocentricism..it is certainly a film that stays with you.Hide
I think the finale completely undoes the all the work the start and middle of the film set out to portray, relationships are hurridly (un)resolved, plot lines are quickly bundled up and thrown into the final scenes and i was left feeling unsatisfied is the best word to describe it.. It... More ruins what could have been a great film and turns it into something ordinary... a real shame.Hide
Obviously there's some remarkable thematic back-and-forth going on, and the film's technical flawlessness is justified by a script that bravely humanises bloated plutocrat and wide-eyed faith healer alike. A lesser author would deal in... More broad strokes of dastardly, crazed, scheming and devout: Anderson's film is at its best when allowing the back-and-forth of ambition and faith to blur each others' edges.
The film takes a turn around halfway through, though: what had been a slow-burning meditation on how the West was won and where it got us ignites into the director's usual sturm und drang w/r/t the trials of paternal angst. It's an easy sort of autopilot, guiding the proceedings to their conclusion; but by that time, the film seems to have forgotten somewhat what it's about.
Day-Lewis' closest performance to this was his swaggering villianny in Gangs of New York. Like this film, that one dealt with an uneasy adopted father-son relationship in the crucible of America, red in tooth and claw; but unlike this pic, Gangs was more on-target the more twisted and operatic it became.Hide
Daniel Day Lewis gives his usual excellent, committed, performance (and then some) and the film matches him step by step. It evokes '70's Malick and Altman with its rich panoramas and honest, yet poetic, human interaction; but in a way all of its own.
The supporting cast is uniformly excellent with any notions of current modernism effectively disappearing into the period.... More
Johnny Greenwoods score is as interesting and unexpected as you would expect from someone behind the likes of "Kid A" and it adds depth to the already palpable tension.
If you have any interest in cinema, or if you are looking to an alternative to rote romantic comedies and worthy oscar-baiting event movies, then go and see it. Now! And don't drink my milkshake.Hide
Seeing as it was based on a rather fat book i had imagined somenthing highly detailed and epic, with plots and subplots and sneaky twists and so on. I was not disappointed. Mr Day-Lewis shone as a highly driven and competitive 'oil man'.
'Twas very much a mans world back then so don't hope for any strong female charachters, however. Even so, that Mr day-lewis, portrays the phsycological downfall of a powerful man extrodinarily well.