Black Gold
There Will Be Blood
Review by Ross Anthony

The small story fills the screen with confidence and unwinds with academy award winning grace, then ends disappointingly.

Daniel Day-Lewis is flat out one of the greatest actors of our time. He's magnificent in "There Will Be Blood," although, I think he was even better in Gangs of New York. Interestingly, he plays a power monger in both films with a vulnerability for family, and in both films takes under his wings a surrogate son.

I'm also a big fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. I loved his Magnolia - one of my all time favorite films actually. But, I've since not been as impressed with his work. His talent in scripting and directing is always obvious, but at least here, it's the follow through that's lacking. It's the absence of a resounding emotional climax, for which the work so deservingly seems to promise. Everything is ...

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... top notch from the get go, the acting, the scripting, the cinematography – the score. The score is perhaps one of the best of the year. All elements resonate like a tea kettle under a campfire. It's as if you can feel the oil flowing under the ground, bubbling, seeking a weak patch of earth from which to spew. But, the emotional equivalent never occurs. Despite its 2.5 hour length, when the screen went black, I was shocked. Where was the rest of the film? Where was that magnificent scene toward which the whole film had been building?

Overall, a convergence of many excellent elements that misses.

This film screened at a Krikorian Theatre.


-- Book Contest --

  • There Will Be Blood. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciaran Hinds, Dillon Freasier.
  • Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
  • Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson.
  • Produced by Paul Thomas Anderson, Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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