There Will Be Blood (R) 158 minutes B-
Oil bleeds, Greed leads
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, and Kevin J. O'Connor
There Will Be Blood sounds like the name of a Quentin Tarantino slasher film, but indeed it is the latest film by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Hard Eight, Boogie Nights). Loosely based on the Upton Sinclair novel titled Oil! Blood has been hyped as one of the best films of the year.
Daniel Day Lewis is magnificent and definitely deserving of an Oscar nomination, but the film doesn't hold the momentum it so intriguingly builds in the beginning. Anderson seems to lose focus during the last quarter with scenes that are either brilliant or baffling. At 158 minutes long the film drags near the end, but overall I give Anderson credit for creating a very ambitious adaptation of Sinclair's novel.