Sunday, January 13, 2008

There Will Be Blood - Movie Review

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.


rw said...

Paul Dano was also excellent in this film. He shows a lot of range for a 24 year old who until recently has been featured in mostly "indie" films. I expected a great performace from Daniel Day Lewis and was not disappointed. Dano was a pleasant surprise.

patrick said...

finally got to see the infamous There Will Be Blood... Daniel-Day Lewis' performance was top-notch. He takes well to the overbearing, violent father-figure role -- he also did this in Gangs of New York.

plus i found myself at the edge of my seat just because of the music, even if nothing much was happening... well done indeed.