Tuesday, 31 July 2012

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Daniel, you have come here and you have brought good and wealth, but you have also brought your bad habits as a backslider. You've lusted after women, and you have abandoned your child. Your child that you raised, you have abandoned all because he was sick and you have sinned. So say it now- I am a sinner.

I can honestly say that this review will not do justice to the time spent watching, thinking about and analysing this film. I watched it over the space of three days feeling that I needed to truly pay attention. Its long, long and rambling but Daniel Day Lewis manages to hold my attention so well. He is a scary, scary and talented actor. After watching the film I had to sit and think, and think, and think. You see There will be Blood lacks the hallmarks of a traditional story being more of a fictionalised Biopic. This makes it reminiscent of The Godfather in style but in reality I found it far more absorbing. vlcsnap-2012-07-27-16h57m07s30

Of course its not just Daniel that is great, Paul Dano is also excellent as the Preacher Eli who loosely fills the role of Daniels nemesis. The score is outstanding and the imagery haunting and visually stunning.

Its an odd film which feels half exposed, questions such as “Why does Daniel sleep on the floor?” and “When did he switch from gold to oil?” are never really answered and the film manages to have an entirely dialogue free first 15 minutes which leads to the feeling that there is a depth here that is never really explored.

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There Will be Blood is truly an epic film and well worth a watch.

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