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There Will Be Blood review
Who Should See It: Anyone who enjoys the board game Monopoly, anyone that has taste
Who Shouldn’t See It: Anyone who would rather see Hannah “Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds 3D Concert”
Before I begin this review, I must establish that Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of an oil hungry bastard is easily one of the greatest performances in the history of modern cinema (take that, Forrest Gump).
Seriously though, it is difficult for me to go on reviewing the rest of the film because my desire to describe Lewis’s acting distracts me from detailing anything else the film has to offer. It might sound like I have an odd man crush on Lewis, but more accurately put, he is just damn good.
His acting is spot on. Lewis makes it look like he has been training for the role all of his natural life. More than likely, he prepared by sitting alone on a pile of money stroking his handlebar moustache like the oily god he is. The film clearly belongs to Lewis. But enough about him, what is this film actually about?
Back in the early 1900’s, Daniel Plainview (Lewis) begins his entrepreneurial dive into the business of harvesting oil. Things start picking up when a random tipster gives Plainview a piece of advice concerning some great unharvested land. With son in hand, he procures the land commences gulping up oil faster than a youngster drinking a milkshake through a bendy straw (you will get that comparison later). However, his journey is not all fun and games.
He is faced with a large obstacle in the form of Eli Sunday (better knows as the silent boy from Little Miss Sunshine) who is a young false profit who maintains a freaky ass town chapel. The tension created by these characters makes Thanksgiving with the Manson family sound like fun.
The tension is furthered by a soundtrack arranged by Paul Greenwood (lead guitarist of Radiohead). His songs are composed of sharp string instruments and the clanging of wooden blocks. Its chilling simplicity is enough to freeze the greasy popcorn sitting in your buttery palms.
All movie snacks aside, the greatest gift this film has to offer is Plainview’s slow withdrawal from those around him. This gift shines brightest when Plainview bellows, “I can’t keep doing this on my own with these… people.” A man with issues? I think yes.
Easily put, this movie is worth seeing, and it will be winning the Academy Award for Best Actor. So, like an overly excited oil prospector, I suggest you hop, skip, and holler down to the art museum this weekend. You will not be disappointed. Or go see Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds 3D Concert. It’s whatever.