REVIEW: THERE WILL BE BLOOD
A sprawling epic of family, faith, power
and oil, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is set on the incendiary
frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom.
The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel
Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a
down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a
self-made oil tycoon.
REVIEW: In the midst of the countless “political”
movies that have been released in recent times dealing with
the various conflicts that exist still today, it is only
fitting that a movie dealing with the advent of oil
production also be released. But wow, what a movie and what
performances. From the very beginning, the eerie music sets
the tone for a masterpiece of human ambition, determination,
and greed. Not a single word is uttered in the first 15 or
so minutes and not a single word is needed. Digging
relentlessly in search of whatever can help him make a
living, Mr. Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) eventually
stumbles upon black gold right around the turn of the
century. He is determined to succeed at any cost and
stepping on anybody’s back. “I have a competition in me. I
want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.” Spoken
like a true successful businessman. Or is it more like a
true successful liar, sneaky negotiator, oil hunting con
artist? Priscilla best describes him as cold-hearted. You
can decide for yourselves. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, he’s
also a filthy rich crazy man who is a genius when it comes
to the business of oil.
This was a powerful film with powerful performances, as I
mentioned before. Starting with the first honorable mention,
Dillon Freasier who played Mr. Plainview’s young son and
business associate, H.W., the bar is set pretty high up.
I’ll tell you again and again, I just don’t understand where
they get these incredibly talented super young actors from .
. . it’s overwhelming. Paul Dano with a double role as twin
brothers Paul and Eli Sunday had another ground-breaking
performance, his first being his role in Little Miss
Sunshine. The role of Paul Sunday was small but important.
Now the role of Eli is where Mr. Dano really let it all
loose. He reminded me of a young Edward Norton. He was quite
impressive. As far as Mr. Daniel Day-Lewis, what can you
say. Watching him at work in this movie is like not watching
a movie at all. It is like looking through a time machine
into the past and watching the events as they would have
actually taken place. He makes the role that real. And the
Oscar goes to . . .
This film was a bit long and might draw a brief yawn from
the viewers, but all in all the storyline is captivating
just enough to hold your attention and coupled with the
acting, well you’re in for a treat if you can appreciate
those kinds of things. The movie that kept coming into mind
in comparison is The Aviator. I do find this one to be a
little more intense than Aviator. In both cases, the
performances by the lead actors are truly top notch, but
where I find The Aviator to seem more historical, I see more
plot in this one. The cinematography in this production was
also very well done. You can tell that a lot of effort was
put in to showing the turn of the century look as seen
through the wardrobe, construction, transportation, scenery,
and overall technology. Even the dialogue was well written
to fit the time. Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson
(Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love) continues to
demonstrate his talent. Of course, working with Daniel
Day-Lewis makes it a little easier to accomplish.
Review By Cine Marcos
People Movie Review
There Will Be Blood
(more of an analysis than a review)
These are the pictures which have ledthe
way to this dark masterpiece: Citizen
Kane; East of Eden; Giant; the Wire.
The film has one hell of a score and
script. Many will not be able to get
through it, or appreciate the content.
It separates the men from the boys, so
Everyone he trusted betrayed him.
Possibly impotent, he did not relate to
women or to sex of any kind. His master
was his ambition for self worth, which
for the values of the times, meant money
and power. So it seems his soul was even
more barren than the lands he explored
for oil. In the end he found no
redemption nor cause for celebration,
except perhaps in the destruction of his
betrayers, thus emptiness beyond that.
There were opportunities for peace and
love but circumstances, the
harshness of survival might have
interfered. And something always gave
him an excuse to reject those moments or
to forgive human weaknesses.
The portrayal of Daniel Plainview is by
far one of the most memorable in film.
Daniel Day-Lewis can portray a wicked
character with sympathy and
scariness like no other actor I have
ever seen. One supporting actor was
absolutely superb; Paul Dano, played the
self deluded evangelical
Eli Sunday, with such force that the
entire story is enhanced.
I would recommend this film only to
those who like a good challenge. A film
that one cannot fully appreciate until
it's over and had some time to think
about. Five stars.
I hated this movie with a passion. I t
was like watching the aviator movie,
again. The writer took sides in this
movie. The story needed to be told as it
was recorded, told and wrote. I quess
the producers had to make this a movie
goer movie. Please can anyone write a
movie and tell the truth. History is not
worth telling, if it has to be full of
lies and made up drama. Shame on some
I have three thoughts for this
1. It is carried by the compelling
performance of DD Lewis; his
character was almost identical to his role in "Gangs of New
York", and keeps
you spellbound until a very abrupt end. Unfortunately, all
pales in comparison.
2. It begs for prequel and sequel, and
could become a true epic like
3. It made me wonder if it was based on
a history of the GW Bush
About an hour too long (as historical
pieces seem to be nowadays) but
masterful portrayals by DD Lewis and
Paul Dano are what you'll remember
from watching this.
One man's descent into despair and
depravity...you may call it madness,
but when you're rich it's called
"eccentricity"...by sacrificing the lamb
in exchange for the blood of the earth.
DD Lewis is the actor's version of
Punxsutawney Phil - he surfaces rarely,
but when he does...everyone pays
Why would someone make a prequel
to this movie? Also, why would it matter
if it is based on the Bush family? It
was written in 1927 about a man
traveling to California.
I would not of watched this movie if I
were sooner informed of Paul Dano were
in it. He's the nastiest thing on the
screen and I'm happy and excited with
the humiliation he dealt with.
Too much to talk about in this
movie. Nevermind, I forgot that there
was hardly any dialogue for the first 15
Apart from DD Lewis
acting, well i guess this movie is not
for everyone. Many will be bored, just
like my family and if you take someone
out for this movie, then i guess dont
expect much afterwards.
Perhaps a bit too long
but well organized movie; oil industry
in US at the dawn of the century as the
background that is a part of true
history, an eccentric but energetic
entrepreneur-minded oil man who should
have been there notwithstanding his
name, conflict between generations
commonly observed any time and anywhere,
confrontation between holy although
somewhat sneaky and vulgar again you can
find any time and anywhere, power and
violence as basic undercurrent in US. In
short this movie is peculiar as well as
universal that is worth praising.
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Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Duration: 2hrs 28mins
Kevin J. O'Connor
Paul Thomas Anderson
Distributor: PARAMOUNT vantage
Rating: R for violence
Release Date: December 26, 2007
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