NavTrav’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's about family, it's about religion, it's about greed, it's about wealth. But in the end, it's really about the moneymaker…. that's Oil!
Earlier this year I watched PTA's The Master to check out what all the hype was about. Unfortunately I did not like that movie one bit and to this day had no idea what it was about till a friend of mine explained some of it to me. Watching that I realized Paul Thomas Anderson is not just a regular popcorn flick filmmaker. But I wanted to give him another chance. This time with his 2007 feature film, There Will Be Blood starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
How on earth did I miss this movie?! It's GREAT!
There Will Be Blood is pure genius. Telling the story of an oil man named Daniel Plainview, who strikes lucky when he hits oil and wants to expand his territory. In the process he will do whatever that is necessary to achieve that goal, even if that means to lie and portray a fake personality. The story takes you through the life of Daniel Plainview's rise to become a big oil man, to a decline in his personal life. It's a character study that's done extremely well.
If I didn't know Daniel Day-Lewis starred in this film before I watched it, it would be next to impossible to realize that the character Daniel Plainview is actually him. The man's a natural! He sinks into the character, portraying it like it's just another simple day at work. It baffles my mind how he can be so convincing at being someone else. If it wasn't for Day-Lewis' acting, this movie would be a drag. Spot on performance and a well deserved Oscar. He is a legend.
The production design in this movie is flawless. The attention to detail in the set pieces from the clothes they wear to the train that runs on the railroad really feels like the early 1900's. Even though the setting of the film is mainly in the desert, the cinematography is shot very well. And I have to say, PTA has a very strange selection of music in this movie.
The only complain (not sure it's really a complaint) I have about this film is towards the end it focuses only on the personal life of Daniel Plainview. I was hoping they showed more of his oil empire.
In the end, Daniel Day-Lewis' performance alone is enough for me to re-visit this film in the future.
My rating: 8.6/10