‘There Will Be Blood’ (2007) 300 Word DVD Review

July 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 5 out of 5

There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece. End of review.

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Daniel Day-Lewis is Daniel Plainview, a prospector, a self-confessed “oil man”. Along with his adopted son – and “partner” – H.W. (Dillon Freasier), he travels to Little Boston, California, to discover a vast oil reserve underneath the ground. As Plainview quickly buys up all the surrounding land and starts mining, he comes up against opposition from the local church minister and self-styled faith healer, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano). Between them, they both fight for power: one for the hearts and souls of the people; the other for the slick, dark gold lying beneath their feet.

There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece because of Daniel Day-Lewis, whose frightening portrayal of a man so embittered with hatred, rage and misanthropy is nothing short of phenomenal. As we observe Plainview’s life, we see a person become further and further corrupted, bruised from the hardships he’s had to endure and the sacrifices he feels he’s been forced to make. He’s an embittered, twisted, evil individual, and he’s completely and utterly absorbing to watch. Daniel Day-Lewis becomes the man with every facial tick, mannerism, step and stoop. He is terrifying.

And then there’s Jonny Greenwood’s brilliant, off-kilter theatrical score, punctuating Paul Thomas Anderson’s intense, harsh, epic visuals. The first thirteen moments alone are majestic, containing no dialog at all. Throughout the entire introduction, we arguably learn everything we need to know about Plainview – an angry and unstoppable force, who lives a self-confined, lonely and solitary existence.

There Will Be Blood is an outstanding piece of cinema, something truly incredible to witness. Anderson has crafted a film of beautiful and frightening magnitude.

(279 words.)

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