There Will Be Blood

D: Paul Thomas Anderson
Miramax/Paramount Vantage (Joanne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson & Daniel Lupi)
US 2007
152 mins


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.


Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood