Miramax/Paramount Vantage (Joanne Sellar, Paul Thomas
Anderson & Daniel Lupi)
W: Paul Thomas Anderson [based on the
novel "Oil" by Upton Sinclair]
DP: Robert Elswit
Ed: Dylan Tichenor
Mus: Jonny Greenwood
PD: Jack Fisk
Cos: Mark Bridges
Daniel Day-Lewis (Daniel Plainview) Paul
Dano (Eli Sunday/Paul Sunday), Kevin J. O'Connor (Henry), Ciaran Hinds (Fletcher), Dillon Freasier (H. W. Plainview)
Very close to perfect cinema. It's a movie
in a genre of its own: One which you mull over and mentally digest long after the end credits finish. An intelligent mix of Western, period drama and an allegory for the birth of
capitalism and the death of religion.
Daniel Day-Lewis thoroughly deserved his second Oscar
for his tour de force performance as oil tycoon Daniel Plainview, a man with no redeeming qualities whatsoever as he manipulates his way into a small church community for the oil beneath
their land at the turn of the 20th century.
I'd even go as far to say that it deserved the Best
Picture Academy Award also instead of the Coen Brother's winner No Country For Old Men. Albeit this might not be a film for all tastes, it cannot be denied that it's an intelligent,
thought-provoking, meticulously filmed piece of work that could be hailed as a modern classic.