There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance.
When Daniel Plainview - a ruthless oil prospector - learns of oil-rich land in California that can be bought cheaply, he moves his operation there and begins manipulating and exploiting the local landowners into selling him their property. Using his young adopted son H.W. to project the image of a caring family man, Plainview gains the cooperation of almost all the locals with lofty promises to build schools and cultivate the land to make their community flourish. Over time, Plainview's gradual accumulation of wealth and power causes his true self to surface, and he begins to slowly alienate himself from everyone in his life.
There are only a handful of artists that have it in them to comment through their medium on the nature of humanity. In cinema there haven't been that many that do or have done this as consistently impressively as Paul Thomas Anderson has.
There Will Be Blood is Shakespearean in nature and like The Bard's great tragedies, it offers no easy exits and no redemption. We are presented with a protagonist representing our species' most problematic possession, the ego. Daniel Plainview is a rotten man, only concerned with his own growth and personal gain, with one goal, to get away from people because he doesn't like them. Throughout the film we are shown how he manipulates, bullies and murders. Whether…
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I usually like to wait a few weeks, and in some cases months, before I give a film a second watch. I like to let a film settle over in my mind a little longer before I re-watch it. However, I just could'nt wait to watch There Will Be Blood again. When I saw it for the first time yesterday, it was such an unbelievably incredible experience that I wanted to relive it as soon as possible. Now, it's just as much of an incredible experience on my second watch as it was on my first watch.
I find it amazing that even though this is 2 1/2 hours, it all went by like a breeze on both watches. It…
"I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people."
-Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis)
Once, every so often, a film comes along that just makes you say ‘Wow’. A film so astonishingly excellent, you cannot quite believe your eyes. There Will Be Blood is one such example, perhaps the finest example in many a year. Films of this quality very rarely come along.
Daniel Day Lewis is the backbone of the film, the anchor that cements all the other perfect elements into place. He is the heart and soul, the driving force behind everything. To say his performance is phenomenal doesn’t even do it justice. He creates what is arguably one of…
"There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!"
Greed, family, ambition, destruction, horror, love, dead, power, revenge are some of the words to describe the themes of Paul Thomas Anderson 5th film. 'There Will be Blood' is impressive, beautifully shoot and amazingly frame, they surely don't make films like this often enough.
Jonny Greenwood soundtrack is electric, the melodies are hunting and unsettling, giving the film a unique personality, after all, we are talking about one of the talents of what I consider the best band in the world today 'Radiohead'. Is…
This is the story of a great and terrible Destroyer. Retched from the earth, he is a devil in the flesh, with organs of stone and flame. His tongue is gold; his stare, cold steel. Through his veins courses the blackest oil, and he is a vampire both of the literal and figurative meaning. His one purpose in life is to feed - to feed until there is nothing left, until he stands alone atop the empty corpses of man and earth alike. He is a monster who abhors existence, most of all his own.
As we watch his unrelenting march towards this goal, we are witness to his three most heinous acts. The first act is the consumption of…
An enthralling character piece that explores greed, family, life and the human ego. Stunning cinematography. A powerful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. Unequalled writing and directing from Paul Thomas Anderson.
I absolutely love this film and am a huge fan of Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson. DDL definitely deserved his best actor sweep. I have nothing but love for this one and is a perfect ten in my book. Great story with even better characters told fantastically. Highly, highly recommend.
The first time I have seen Daniel day Lewis, and ive got to say he was much better than I expected,An amazing performance especially the insane ending scene.
Overall an extremely good film going into the depths of emotions, showing a man going from small beginnings to becoming corrupted by money, greed and hatred.
Runs too long and drags in the middle. Everything else is amazing.
This time around I got to appreciate Paul Dano more. Other than Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, I couldn't think of his work that's memorable. But here it is! Of course, Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't need a say. He's perfect here. All in all, though, I can never stop being awed by PTA. Ever.
MASTERPIECE. FUCK. FUCK.
Second watch. And a high watch at that, and the best one I've had or will ever have (the last one being Trainspotting, another great movie). This movie is almost perfect, and I'm putting it on my top four now. CANNOT wait until the next watch, wow.
The performance DDL delivers in this is so far beyond anything I have seen in my life, it deserves EVERY praise one can think of. Even Casey Affleck's portrayal of Robert Ford fades compared to this, and I used to think that was the pinnacle of acting.
In other news, this is the only PTA film so far which I can fully worship and grasp and understand and admire. It's perfect. It's wonderful. The opening scene is so beautifully dry and silent. The music is among the best I ever heard; it just fits amazingly well. The development of Plainview and all the things around him is fascinating to follow.
Seems like there have been some .... changes among my favourite films.
Daniel Day-Lewis gives a Hall of Fame performance in this dark Shakespearean tale of capitalism, vengeance and oil.