I wouldn't say that the character Daniel is an "oilman", I would prefer to call him: the "hateman". This film can be summed up in this sentence: "how to be a man who builds an oil empire from nothing, and at the same time ruins all his social relationships and it still has time to meet and kill a "god's freak/lunatic". Such a great film! I really loved the plot, and I give a special curtsy to Greenwood's soundtrack.
Corruptable religion faces off against capitalism risen from the pit of hell to battle over an American town. There's no better analogy for the 20th Century than a bowling alley; a superfluous AND nutritious 'milkshake' for personal greed. The score ushers in a new age in cinema sound. Marred only by an ill-timed flashback that sinks slightly into melodrama.
An epic crescendo of good and bad. So balanced and carefully developed that you can't help yourself but ask, when did he turn the wrong corner? Simple but solid script, great characters, superb acting and equally deserving musics. Nothing to add, nothing to subtract, a movie that carries its own weight very well. Could well be a documentary or a sociology 101 additional material.
Some of the finest acting you will ever see. Lewis and Dano are utterly captivating. The soundtrack is eery and pulsates, creating a beat and pace that always holds your attention. Locations, sets, and costumes are spot on and leave no detail out. Even with a +2 hour run time and long moments of no dialogue, the movie is extremely tense and never feels like it drags.
I don't usually use the word masterpiece but I think this is my Citizen Kane. Every frame and shot looks like a goddamn painting. It crushed my dreams of becoming a world class cinematographer, and thankfully made me focus on areas where I'm more capable. Got milkshake?