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There Will Be Blood

Were it not for the Western trifecta of No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James and There Will Be Blood, 2007 would clearly be the worst movie year so far this decade. There Will Be Blood really is great---its originality cemented by the immediate difficulty of reconciling just what it is and its images lingering for days. Paul Thomas 
Anderson betters his already impressive achievements in Scorsese and Altman film-schooling (Boogie Nights and Magnolia) with the original lyricism of this doomed folk tale. 

Prospector Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) makes a deal with the people of a California farm community after a tip-off that it’s on a bed of oil. Even before his evil is revealed, Day-Lewis doesn’t shy from Plainview’s malice (he’s contempt in a moustache). Rarely has a film’s hero been so vile, and in There Will Be Blood, it’s scary just watching him. More than just the performance of the year, it’s a role of such impact it will be difficult to watch Day-Lewis in anything else again. Plainview’s rage at what he sees as worthlessness in others accentuates the psychological violence that permeates the film. Anderson pits Plainview’s faithlessness against a man of faith (preacher Eli Sunday, played by Paul Dano), with There Will Be Blood’s poetry of discord cutting deeper than any horror movie.


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