Scott Anderson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It has been my entire existence since my last confession, since I have never done it before because I am usually awesome and can do no wrong.
What is my sin that I must confess, you ask? It is waiting until the year 2013 to watch There Will Be Blood. I am not sure I can forgive myself for this. A great feeling of shame has been cast over me. I can't even look in a mirror without wanting to punch the guy looking back at me.
I know I am not exactly breaking news to most of you reading this, but this film is brilliant. Sorry, that doesn't even do it justice, let me try again. There Will Be Blood is FRIGGIN' BRILLIANT! One of the most perfectly constructed films I have ever seen, I cannot find a frame to nitpick.
To be clear, I am not even a huge PT Anderson fan. Don't take that as, I don't think he is good at his job, because that simply isn't true. I only have a small sample size of work from him to go on, but I think he is one of the best film makers out there today. When I say I am not a huge fan, this is what I mean:
Boogie Nights - Incredible film
Magnolia - I am one of roughly 4 people using this site who doesn't even remotely enjoy this film. I think it is perfect in execution, but the content is nearly unwatchable. I have sat through it twice, the characters are just so dreadful and I don't care about anything that happens throughout.
Punch Drunk Love - Very good film, I need to give it a rewatch.
That's it before tonight. There Will Be Blood, however, has taken it to a whole new level. This is the work of an absolute genius, no less could have produced it. A stunning film with performances that, well, I mean my goodness Daniel Day Lewis. That might be one of the greatest I have ever seen. It might be the greatest I have ever seen. At one point I was literally shaking my head laughing, despite nothing funny happening, because I didn't know how else to react to what that man was doing on the screen.
I already cannot wait to watch this again. Films like this don't come around very often, we need to embrace them and experience them as much as possible.
My alarm clock is going to be going off in 4 hours, I probably should go to sleep.
Oh, and maybe it was just me, or did the final scene of the film feel extremely Kubrick like to anyone else? Perhaps it is just me. Either way, like every other scene throughout the entire film, I loved it.