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No doubt one of the greatest films ever made,
This review is from: There Will Be Blood (Single Disc Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Before watching films that critics have hailed as 'a classic', I always prepare myself for slight disappointment- the critics' new favorite The Dark Knight, while still being a masterpiece, I found did not quite live up to the hype. 5 star reviews for There Will Be Blood were absolutely everywhere, so instead I read through the 1 and 2 star reviews, to try and spot some of the possible flaws. What I saw was 'boring', 'dull', 'overrated' and even 'cringe-worthy'.
After finally watching it a few days ago, I realized that, amazingly, There Will Be Blood lives up to the hype... and actually surpasses it.
There Will Be Blood is a fascinating character-study of how money and greed can infect the human mind, and ultimately destroy it. Daniel Day Lewis packs in a truly sensational performance as Daniel Plainview: businessman; father; monster. It doesn't matter at all if you've no interest whatsoever in the oil business- that's just the trunk to a tree with many branches. The plot has been explained perfectly in other reviews, but even if it doesn't sound like `your kind of thing', you're still able to enjoy it as much as I did.
I'm not sure where the film was shot, but the sets and the landscapes are breathtaking- a beautiful and ragged cross between the Australian Outback and the American Deep South. The film is visually stunning all the way through, owning a unique dirty, sweaty and -ironically- oily look- similar in tone to The Coen Brothers' Oscar rival No Country For Old Men.
The constant use of the most unnerving of music and sounds reminded me somewhat of early Stanley Kubrick with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Director Paul Thomas Anderson creates the most eerie and frightening of atmospheres from the most basic and simple of situations- something once mastered by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village).
The film goes on for an incredible 2 and a half hours, but in some strange way, you remain absolutely gripped from beginning to end. The whole experience is weirdly hypnotic- being consistently terrifying, provocative, and above all, heart-breaking: One particular scene comes to mind involving a boy and a train, but you'll have to watch it to find out what happens. Much of the film is structured around Daniel's relationship with his son- I wouldn't be surprised if the lad on screen is actually Daniel Day Lewis's son, as the drama and emotions passed between them are so real and convincing.
Also, remember Abigail Breslin's older brother in Little Miss Sunshine? He's in here, too, brilliantly portraying a very arrogant young man who's completely devout to his church, and who eventually gets what he deserves in the terrifying-but-powerful final scene. He's definitely one to watch in future.
There Will Be Blood is a staggering, 2 and a half hour journey into the mind of a man who knows no limits for money and success. Daniel Day Lewis's performance secures him as one of the world's greatest acting talents and is worth the DVD price alone. It's a film about passion, greed, manipulation, and an unbearably down-to-earth portrayal of how people's lives were some time ago- and still are. Watch it for the acting, watch it for the scenery, watch it for the concept, or even watch it to see what all the twinkling 5 star reviews are talking about, just make sure you watch the thing! It's an emotionally draining experience, but like Empire stated, (with only a couple of exceptions) no finer American film was made last year.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2009 11:54:03 BDT
Ant Etches says:
There's no point in me writing a review of this film, because you've summed it all up so well in your own review! Excellent, very well done! This is a great film, I judt don't get why it only has an average of 3 stars!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2009 01:22:05 BDT
Jeffrey M. Black says:
Because it well-acted and beautifully shot, but ultimately dull as ditchwater.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2010 19:07:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2010 19:08:37 GMT
J. Green says:
Yep, not as interesting or relevant as an Arnie or Sly film is it?! I enjoyed your review D. Jackson.
Posted on 25 Aug 2013 02:50:12 BDT
Amazoomoo Wikipoodlia says:
"ironically oily"?? Don't you mean APPROPRIATELY oily?
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