There Will Be Blood

August 11, 2008

This was certainly an intelligent and intriguing piece of filmmaking – unnerving and dark in with skilful moods contrasts. However, the media hype comparing the film to Citizen Kane or The Godfather fall a little flat, it’s just not as densely complex and occasionally falters. That being said, Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance is immensely enjoyable and very good. The imagery and symbolism is powerful but the message required much further development to place it in the list of truly “great” films.

This is the story of a wilful man fuelled by anger and hatred of his fellow man with a fierce competitive edge that moves him to stop at nothing to achieve total dominance. There was a very meticulous revelation of Lewis’s character, Daniel Plainview: to begin with he seemed to be a normal, good man, but events underline how seriously disturbed he actually was. Daniel Plainview was a perfect part for Lewis: his thin, rickety posture reflects his brittle heart and nature.

The story was good, the acting, especially Lewis, mainly very good and it was perfectly scored but the dialogue and the directing were lagging at times.

Many of the characters feel too awkward and while there were areas of engaging dialogue there were too few. In parts it’s strange and baffling, but at times brilliant, captivating, raw and realistic. A sinister score enhances the dark horror that this film brings to the oil industry of that time, at times I felt quite mad myself.

The pace of the film was stunted, and overlong dialogue took over just as you expected some action or drama. There are few actors today that can do what Lewis can, though, he transforms into the character and takes you along with him. Astounding when you consider he’s spent the past few years making furniture at his home.

In the end you almost feel sorry for Plainview, the very character strengths that allowed him to accumulate great wealth, were the very same ones that led to his downfall (spoiler – sorry). A twisted tale of madness and corruption, an experience of the depths of human desire, emotion and greed. This was reasonably engaging but not up to scratch so if I had 10 thumbs – which would be odd – I’d stick six of them up for this film.


2 Responses to “There Will Be Blood”

  1. Kappi Says:

    Nice review.

    movie was dragging at times and as you pointed out, few characters are quite awkward.

    Daniel Day-Lewis pattaya kelappittaar!

    btw, 6 thaanaa? 😉

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