There Will Be Blood
Action / Drama / History
There Will Be Blood
Action / Drama / History
The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the ...
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Greed Is One Man's Nature
Basically we all know that Daniel Plainview is a slick man. He's a businessman, greed was in that man's nature. We all saw it when the rig exploded and he didn't care about HW at all. The fire represent the bad in him, the devil that made himself him. And hypocrites do live in this world, just like Eli Sunday. You don't mix religion with economy. I disagree to Eli Sunday's point of view. But after all, greed is in one man's nature and it destroy humanity just like the whole movie showed us through Daniel Plainview.
Strangely gripping if bladder-fillingly long, it has some of the best characters in recent memory.
There's not so much a story in 'There Will Be Blood (2007)' as a series of events that shape a character and his descent into soulless pseudo-insanity, with a strong undertone that seems to comment on the tyrannical nature of typically larger-than-life tycoons and the destruction of their selves in the search for that intangible metric of so-called success. This strangely gripping if bladder-fillingly long saga has a beautiful flair for visual storytelling compounded by a fantastic though heavy-lifting score, that's as ominous as the piece's prophetic title, and a one-of-a-kind powerhouse performance that sneaks up on you to end with one of the scariest character-driven scenes of recent years. There are stretches which stretch the pace, of course, and its apparent lack of narrative may be frustrating if you're not willing to reflect retroactively on its themes, ideas and, most importantly, character arcs. While the journey each individual takes may seem subtle on the surface, it is really within the expertly-written characters that the picture finds its purpose, an exploration of the people who don't always say what they are thinking but are thankfully clearly thinking something, and its a real treat to dissect every single moment that a simple side-ways glance or overt outburst of furious anger gives us a glimpse behind the eyes of some of the best characters in recent memory. 8/10
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"There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking."
" I want to make enough money that I can move far away from everyone."
This two lines struck me, they sum up the character and the persona of Daniel. if I could I would give this movie 6 stars on 5, a true masterpiece perfect in every way from the filming, framing of shots, the story, the acting, and characters..... duo to Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas's genius. the movie started with 14.30 minutes dialogue-free introduction yet it's in my opinion, one of the best opening shots of cinema history. Daniel Day-Lewis is so perfect as Daniel Plainview SO PERFECT (what a surprise lol) that I hung up on every word and every silence of his, we saw him get the success and the solitude he craved for then saw him pay the price by losing his humanity and PT Anderson did such an outstanding job directing this movie that I couldn't lift my eyes from the screen during two and a half hours and it stuck with me with its poignant dark themes perfectly and subitly dilevered such as American ambition, family, religion, and Materialism. I can proudly say that this film is one of my best of all times.