It just gets better and better. I didn't remember this being such an emotional ride.
This is the first time it occurred to me that the opening sequence is totally a tribute to the Dawn of Man part of 2001, and I spent the rest of the movie just tripping on that thought. Consider: The fade into a desert landscape, the tone clusters, the way Daniel Plainview is hunched over, the lack of words for the first 20 minutes, the gutteral sound from Plainview, the tool (which even reoccurs later in the movie in a…
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Me, halfway through the movie: Is every character just a fucking ghost, memory, hallucination, or projection?!
Me at the end: Yep
There are a few cool parts, but it's clear Abrams wasn't interested in writing a script as much as showing off his ability to use Deus ex machina to resolve every conflict and having the greatest number of cameos and references to the old movies that they could fit.
Literally almost every character died or came back from the…