YI JIAN’s review published on Letterboxd:
Daniel Plainview. Slick businessman. Violent thug. Egotistical. Quick-tempered. Murderous. Arrogant. Greedy. Hateful. All in all, an evil man. He's dedicated to exact revenge on anyone who so much as offended him with one careless sentence, let alone someone who intentionally humiliated him in public. He will not stop until he gets what he wants, and the things he wants sound like they're extracted straight out of a capitalist's wet dream. His greed is as vast as the land he owns.
Despite everything that he had said and done, there is still no doubt that he is a loving father. "I want no one else to succeed, I hate most people." He had openly admitted, but he's not fooling anyone. He absolutely adores his adopted son. His eyes have gave him away, the way they shined when he caressed H.W.'s hair. It's almost as if he would shed tears of joy at any moment. His affection for H.W. glows so immensely you'd have to shield your eyes whenever he kisses him. He can be cold sometimes, well, most of the time actually. But deep down, beneath those countless layers of ice, there is warmth, reserved for a person who isn't even blood related to him.
Daniel Plainview is far from a lovable protagonist, still, he's as unique as they come.