*VJ Emmie voice* MOVIE
Cacophony. It comes in the form of the sounds of the oil derricks. All the people working in it, the machinery whirring about, all roaring ever so loud, all to create that black liquid gold. Cacophony. It comes in the form of church sermons. Be washed in the blood of the Lord. Declare yourself a sinner. Declare yourself a false prophet. Cry out for forgiveness. Cacophony. It comes in the form of Daniel Plainview. Collected in the beginning, well-kept, becoming…
It's very clear Zhao wanted to make a much more mature film than this.
Like, it clearly has the THEMES and the VISUALS but the EXECUTION isn't good enough to back either of them up. It shows just how constrained the MCU formula is, like they wanted to experiment but wouldn't fully commit to it. It screams to be let out of those boundaries but it's refused the opportunity, punctuating genuine and heartfelt moments (of which there are plenty in…