There Will Be Blood ★★★★★

An oilman’s relentless pursuit of the American dream becomes the central attraction of Paul Thomas Anderson’s agonizing drama with an unhinged Daniel Day Lewis performance for the ages. There Will Be Blood might be Mr. Anderson’s most straightforward narrative, yet the cinematic results are gratifying, and yes, monumental. Inspired by Upton Sinclair’s Oil!, the film centers on Daniel Plainview, a miner-turned-oil man as he quest for wealth during the California’s oil boom in 19th and early 20th century. Mr. Anderson’s gifted sense of observation in the writing and cinematography department are evident in every stroke of his film. It is visually straightforward, but his images have something starkly abstract, poetic, and visceral. More so, with a commanding turns by Mr. Day Lewis and Paul Dano, this film becomes fire and I mean…literal fire. Overall, I love the excesses of this film. There Will Be Blood is opulent with ideas and images, and thus incredibly masterful.

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