Friday, January 18, 2008
There Will Be Blood (2007)Daniel Day-Lewis
I watched 'There Will Be Blood' this week and it left me speechless and mesmerized. After taking a five year vacation, Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia) finally decided to return to the camera. This movie is an adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel, Oil! starring one of the greatest actors of the century, Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. They played their characters with such conviction and intensity that my eyes were glued to the screen for the 160 minutes the film ran. a movie that runs 160 minutes seems like a bit grueling and tormenting but this movie is worth it. Paul Dano who plays Eli Sunday, impressed me and even though his acting chops can never be paralleled to someone of Day-Lewis' stature, but still, it was one of the most potent performances i have ever seen.
This movie made me realize the extent people will go to for money. From the beginning to the end, Day-Lewis who plays Daniel Plainview, displays such a commanding and paramount performance that will be difficult for his acknowledgment to go unnoticed. I'm so proud he won a golden globe for best actor. And anderson truly captured the corruption, lies, and wholly flawed Plainview to perfection.
Anderson who attended NYU for two days but dropped out after turning in some of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's work as his own and got a C on it. That just cracks me up. and i think he is a very idiosyncratic director, which makes him that much better. And the musical score was what made the movie whole. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood composed all of the songs for the film's soundtrack within three weeks. god, i love radiohead.
'There Will Be Blood' is one of the most compelling, fear provoking, and heart stopping film i have ever lain my eyes on. and with this prestigious ensemble, it is no wonder they got a golden globe nomination, and hopefully an oscar nom too. so, don't even bother to get some popcorn, cause your mouth will be open the whole time from awe that you won't even have time to breathe. check it.