There Will Be Blood ★★★★★

Oh god, it's almost physically painful to watch this movie and realize how amazing it is. I haven't said this about many films, but it is perfect. There Will Be Blood is about the struggle between lies and the truth, the tug of war between greed and conscience, but ultimately, it's about power. It's also a scathing indictment of religion and blind belief, which is at once disturbing and refreshing.

There are a plethora of beautiful shots and the set design is perfect. PT Anderson's mastery of mise-en-scène is so advanced it's nearly unfathomable that this is just his fifth feature film. Just like everyone else, I was blown away by Daniel Day Lewis' performance as Daniel Plainview. Paul Dano was quite remarkable as Eli, even if he didn't really manage to come close to the acting brilliance of DDL. The entire film is well-crafted and original, but what really sets it apart from other films and turns it into a masterpiece is the ending. It's nihilistic, dramatic, nauseating, hilarious, and unforgettable.

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