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.