I'm understanding Daniel Plainview more these days; his aversion to people's duplicity, the hate for his antagonist's falsities, his murderous rage at being tricked by Henry. This movie is a masterpiece---its power was apparent from the first time I saw it at The Mayan theatre in Denver, to my many retrospectives on the smaller screen.
It's rare to see a film that has nary a flaw, and I enjoyed the hell out of it! It's a classic descent into madness unseen since Apocalypse Now. Daniel Day-Lewis does chew the scenery at times in this film, but for the character he plays, it's perfect, as is Jonny Greenwood's film score, which is nothing short of daring. This film is a triumph - what fun!
A staggering performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. Few films in the 2000s compare to this classic directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The acting, editing, and cinematography are all outstanding, and do not overlook the exceptional soundtrack.