I respect Paul Thomas Anderson's early work quite a bit and was really excited to dig into this, but...I really, really don't know. I get the feeling that There Will Be Blood is an objectively great film, but there's something about it deeply disquieting to me. I definitely enjoyed the film, but I found its pace and atmosphere to combine into something I'd never really experienced in a film - despite featuring many different characters, this just felt extremely isolated…
I'm not a guy that calls Paul Thomas Anderson one of my favorite all time directors, but this is his greatest achievement in my book. A film that is very much in the Stanley Kubrick spirit. The pacing, the eerie music that perhaps can seem like nails on a chalkboard to some degree, but it ultimately fits the pacing and the story we're being told.
The cinematography by Robert Elswit captures the harsh landscape, and he shoots Day-Lewis in…
Their are very few films that manage to achieve the level of profundity and ambiguity that There Will Be Blood has achieved. It is a potent tale of greed, power, and a warped version of the american dream. It also serves as a biblical epic as well that fosters shades of the old testiment with very interesting dialogue choices and metaphorical imagery. This is Paul Thomas Anderson's Masterpiece. While it may not be his most interesting film it certainly is his best and most artistic work.
An American epic. Capitalism battles religion and its own self-destructive tendencies, in a metaphorical sense. Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) is a misanthropic oil tycoon who buys up a California town, clashing with its charismatic young priest (Paul Dano).
Technical aspects are executed to perfection. Robert Elswit's cinematography, frequently realized at the magic hour, mixes well with Johnny Greenwood's melancholy score. "Prospector's Arrive" sets my favorite montage. This may be PTA's masterpiece.
There Will Be Blood is a tale so primal and ugly that it feels as though it bubbled up from underneath the earth, just like the oil Daniel Plainview drills. If Cormac McCarthy had written Citizen Kane, something close to There Will Be Blood probably would have been the result.
This film is technically brilliant. I'm a semi-professional video editor, and the number one rule of editing is that the audience shouldn't notice it. So when you can suck someone…
Technically rich, thematically rich and impeccably acted. It is impossible to look away from although it took me several days to order my thoughts. A masterpiece.
THE ACTING IN THIS MOVIE.
THE MUSIC IN THIS MOVIE.
THE CINEMATOGRAPHY IN THIS MOVIE.
THE SPEECHES IN THIS MOVIE.
THE OPENING SCENE IN THIS MOVIE.
THE SCENES IN BETWEEN THIS MOVIE.
THE ENDING SCENE IN THIS MOVIE.
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS IN THIS MOVIE.
PAUL DANO IN THIS MOVIE.
Thank you PTA.
I'm practically speechless, but of course, I have to atleast say something besides those things stated above. PTA is a genius, a complete mastermind, I'm a huge…
Intelligent, complex, endlessly quotable, and featuring a typically brilliant performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood" is Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece on the morality of capitalism and all subsequent enterprises that it influences or creates altogether, the self-serving nature of religious institutions (who indoctrinate, serve as an opiate for, and oppress the masses) and their partnership with establishment structures for the assurance of personal wealth and longevity, the vice-grip the wealthy have on the lower classes through total integration,…
I will admit this was a pretty tedious viewing. The monumental runtime actually went by pretty fast, and I was never totally bored watching it, but the story movies slowly at certain points, with various subplots weaving in and out. I don't at all question the inclusion of these things, PTA certainly seems like he knows what he's doing, and everyone combines to give beautiful portraits of incredibly complex characters. Paul Dano and Daniel Day-Lewis give two of the best…
"Well, I'm not gonna give them oil prices. I'll give them quail prices."
Daniel Plainview reminds me of my old AP U.S History teacher. The intensity, sweet talking and hunched back are all shared by the two lunatics. Just had to point that out, because now I could see good ol' O'neill being a ruthless oil baron.
Everytime I watch There Will Be Blood I like it more and more. The first time I watched it I couldn't even finish…