Paul Thomas Anderson seems to be a director I should like but after PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and the horrible MAGNOLIA, I was leery of wanting to see this, but Daniel Day Lewis with a goofy mustache canceled the director out. Lewis with a mustache trumps everything.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD was fan-fucking-tastic. This should have been his follow up to BOOGIE NIGHTS instead of that other crap movie. There was no Amy Mann sing-a-longs here, thankfully or the raining of frogs or Tom Cruise's 'Cruise Missile' pelvic thrusting. What we get here is somewhat straight forward story telling with characters that you can't help but like even though he's a complete asshole.
The first 20 minutes have almost no dialog what so ever. It reminded me of the beginning of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Using no dialog, Daniel Day Lewis was able to show the audience just what a fucking great actor he is and should easily own the Best Actor oscar this year, hands down. That guy could be sitting on the toilet reading an OSHA technical manual from 1974 and he's be a shoe in for an ascar, I'm telling you.
There are really only two other main actors in this film, a small kid who plays his 'son' and Paul Dano who shockingly holds his own against Lewis. Dano, if you recall, was the son in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE who wouldn't talk. Here, he plays a minister who tries to use the oil on his family's land to help build his small church into a much larger congregation. Lewis obviously acts circles around him, but he does quite well for himself and he doesn't let you forget he's also there when Lewis is around.
The ending is completely bizzarre. It felt like it didn't really belong there, but it was still interesting and was an odd coda on the two main characters relationship. I'd also add that the last line in the film perfectly sums up Lewis's character and after watching what he does just before giving the line, completely took my breath away. Seriously, all I could do was just sit there and collect my thoughts and emotionally force myself to stand up and leave the theater. The last 8 to 10 minutes are a nail biter, edge of you seat kind of deal between the two characters.
Over all, I'm ganna say this was the best movie from last year and totally deserves all the awards and acclaim it is getting.
Rating: A+ (to infinity!) Do yourself a favor and see it when you can. You will not regret it.
(edited by Cerebus on 31.1.08 1821) Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
Yup, I thought that was a near master-piece. The greed and moral degradation is good, your typical Rise of Silas Lapham stuff: absolute oil corrupts absolutely. But Daniel Gay-Lewis does up one of the most singularly memorable performances of the century. The early 20th century! What a tycoon, a do-er of ill deeds that are cruel to the point of hilarity. Think of how many immortal lines he provides in a comical bombastic voice. Milkshake? Bastard in a basket? Draaaaaainage?
Not to mention, the son from Little Miss Sunshine, what the heck. This made his tantrum over being colorblind look like his sulking about having to go with his family to the pageant.
Yeah, the movie is quite long. But then again, so were the years 1898-1927. Plus, as with The Prestige, you get the added bonus of watching a Vince McMahon biopic.
Jonny Greenwood's score was amazing. It was like it's own character.
PTA is my favorite director. I love all of his movies, unlike Cerebus, and I was excited to see how he did with his first period piece. It was amazing and beautiful film. Daniel Day-Lewis is a god.
I don't know if I ever want to see it again, though. It's not a movie you could say "hey, I'm bored. Let's watch There Will Be Blood!" I will own it when it comes out to support PTA, but I don't know if I'll be able to sit through it again.