There Will Be Blood ★★★★★

An absolute masterpiece from Paul Thomas Anderson, a director who delivers a perfect combination of style and substance. This is a film that combines a deeply interesting story with compelling performances, brilliant dialogue and beautiful cinematography.

Daniel Day-Lewis gives his second (of possibly three) Oscar winning performances here, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he deserved it. His performance is not only very compelling, but utterly convincing. It's almost impossible to describe a performance of such a caliber. Daniel Day-Lewis just was Daniel Plainview. Thanks to his performance, and the way he was written, this character has become simply iconic.

This was surprisingly better on second viewing! Whilst still appreciating DDL's amazing performance, I was less absorbed by it, which allowed me to also take notice of the brilliant support he had. Paul Dano, who I believe was snubbed an Oscar nomination, was simply brilliant for this role.

I'm ending this review now before my ramblings become meaningless or aimless, but I just want to say that this is an amazing film, and it would be any other director's absolute best. It's testament to PTA's ability as a director that it isn't his zenith.