5 months ago
Great film. After rewatching this I can say with definate confidance that this film Is better than no country for old men. If you really pay attention to the storyline you can have a really good time enjoying the plot. I did.
A real story of how a man turns evil. Honestly there's so much about the characters in this film which would be impossible to condense down. From Eli to HW to Daniel to Fletcher. Even to Paul! The characters in this film is what makes there will be blood, there will be blood. It is a story about how a man turns evil with power. That's all there is to it. But its how the film goes about showing this which makes it the best film of the decade in my opinion.
The first time I watched this I didn't pay much attention to the story and was mainly on my phone. I bought it on blu ray and sat myself down a really watched the film. Amazing.
The cinematography and atmosphere in this film is immense. Such a roller-coaster of emotion from start to end. Paul Thomas Anderson cinematography and score by Johnny greenwood is class. The music alone creates so much atnosphere and suspense. Acting goes without saying that it is just the best of its generation.
All I can say is that you can tell why I think this is the greatest modern film made in the past 20 years. I could watch this over and over again and still notice new things about the plot which you don't notice before. In this sense it's extremely clever and thought through.
I think you have to watch this film at least twice to have an educated discussion about it and Paul Thomas Anderson had got to be one of the best directors of our time. In my opinion, this is his masterpiece.
Daniel day Lewis DESERVED the Oscar for best actor in this film (2008 Oscars) . But needless to say, if he hadn't won it, the film would still be amazing. Daniel day Lewis as an actor is someone to respect. To be able to play the parts in real life as a method actor aswell as on set must be draining physically and emotionally. You can totally understand why its an emotional journey for a method actor when they do a film. Having to say goodbye to the character after being embodied by them must be so overwhelming you can not comprehend.
I should also talk about the "hidden" details in this film. Upon first watch there was so many things I did not notice (do not read on unless you want spoilers). Things like how H. W isn't actually daniels son and that Paul isn't a metaphor for elis downfall but the fact that he is a real character. I felt stupid after I realised these things on second watch however they're kind of hidden in the film while also being huge plot points. After you realise them, you wonder why you didn't see it first time. Maybe thats just me being slow but after talking to some other people about this film I think there's quite a few common misconceptions in the plot. Very clever writing from Paul Thomas Anderson!
I also can't believe how young Paul dano was when he took on this masterful and complicated role of Eli. You have to remember, there will be blood came out in 2007. This is just one year after he did little miss sunshine in 2006. In there will be blood you expect the actor to be a little more experienced taking on a role of this kind. Just goes to show how talented he is for his age.
It goes without saying that the layers to this film are plentiful. Many plot points surrounding the main plot (the growth of daniels oil empire). At the same time, the film is easy enough to keep track of. It's very rarely this is done so perfectly but obviously Paul Thomas Anderson came up top with the structure of this film.
Overall, there will be blood is a film yih MUST watch. I hope to be watching more Paul Thomas Anderson films in the future like "the master" and more Daniel day Lewis films such as "my left foot", "the age of innocence" and "lincoln".
Great to watch.
Absolute gem 11/10
5 months ago
There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance.
Yet another film that is a “best of the decade” film is the globally acclaimed and admired, Oscar-nominated There Will Be Blood (2007). In this case, the decade is the 2000s, a decade in which many cinematic marvels were released to the modern audience that are, in many cases, more familiar to those not well acquainted with the films of the 20th century.
One of the titans of film at the time was Paul Thomas Anderson, or PTA as he’s known to many. Before embarking on the There Will Be Blood project, Anderson was the mastermind director behind classics such as Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), and Hard Eight (1996). These films, so outstanding in and of themselves, have changed for many, frankly, how we perceive modern cinema.
Then, in 2007 came one of the greatest historical dramas of our or any lifetime.
Based loosely on the 1927 novel Oil!, There Will Be Blood was a film that, interestingly, not everyone rushed to praise. The music, subject-matter, and overall mood of the film were not liked, but these aspects of this masterpiece are ones that make this film so impactful, and should be appreciated for how they are handled: superbly.
First off, the often-times disturbingly brilliant soundtrack done by Jonny Greenwood of influential rock group Radiohead is absolutely spectacular and fully captures the essence of every scene it’s used in. This, my friends, is the way soundtracks should be composed and implemented in film, but I digress.
Secondly, the film is moody as all get-out. This is thanks in part, once again, to its superb soundtrack. Jammed-packed with many stunning performances including Daniel Day-Lewis in arguably his best cinematic performance and Paul Dano’s iconic role and portrayal, this film is the quintessence of how a historical drama film with its subject matter and time period should be handled, and PTA doesn’t do a bad job at handling it. Take note, aspiring directors.
Going back to Day-Lewis for a moment, the actor, in many cases, can fully engulf a scene even if he’s not in it. That may sound strange, but I urge you to see it for yourself. He can portray lines with, say, a single, sullen expression, but make you believe that he’s saying much more than that without overemphasizing. In likely, the performance of a lifetime because of this and numerous other reasons, Daniel Day-Lewis deservedly one Best Performance by a Leading Actor at the 2008 Oscars. Bravo, Mr, Day-Lewis.
Cinematography, without question, is utterly outstanding, perfectly focusing on the characters and occurrences that need the attention, as almost every film cinematographer worth their salt does. Thereby, this film won the Oscar for Best Cinematography.
The story, so perfectly displayed, will enrapture and astound you throughout the duration of the film. If you’re an imaginative viewer or one that has some forethought when watching movies, this movie will completely stun you with its depth and many hidden meanings. If you study film, this film is a cinematic tour de force in every sense of the word’s meaning, perfectly profiting from the exact factors that make classics classics, making this film one that will forever be studied by many.
Overall and needless to say, There Will Be Blood is the one of the FINEST films of the 21st century and ought to be appreciate it as such for years, and generations to come. With almost everything a film should have and be except the kitchen sink, this masterwork unquestionably and indubitably deserves much MUCH more than five stars. What more is there to say about a timelessly powerful turn-of-the-century story of family, hate, and business. As with many of the films I’ve reviewed, a simple review cannot summarize the powerfulness of such films as this, one of Hollywood’s greatest statements.