A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
I watched this film once before a long time ago when it came out and was bored out of my mind. I sit here today and can admit I was adamantly wrong about my thoughts on this.
Daniel Day-Lewis gave this emotionally riveting performance within the role of Daniel Plainview. He can captivate you with his body language, the movement of eyes, a puff of a cigarette, and down to the smirk on his face. This performance floored me.
Paul Dano gave an intense yet balanced performance as the odd the wall Christian. He was loud and over the top at times, but subtle and honest. The fact that Dano was left off the Supporting Actor was horrible and heinous.
The pulsating score that sets the mood from the time the film kicks off is remarkable. The way that PTA incorporated the score, the way the sounds carries the film, it’s some of the best use of a score I’ve ever seen in a movie.
The pace of the film is slow. I can understand why I was bored, but I wasn’t captivated once upon a slow burn of a movie the way I am now.
PTA direction in this film is some of the best work you will ever see. Between the close-ups, articulation of words between each piece of the dialogue, Anderson makes you cling to every word that comes out of the cast mouth. There Will Be Blood is a fucking masterpiece of filmmaking.
I regret the day I ever said this film was boring.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.