4.4 stars. As big and clever-stupid as America itself. Soundtrack is Shostakovichian. A decade later in the first year of Trump's presidency 'There Will Be Blood' is assured of its status as a Great and Timely American Film for millennia to come... or until all the oil is burnt up and the nukes descend, whichever comes first. Plus, does the inverse for bowling of what 'The Big Lebowski' did for bowling.
It's like reading Phillip Roth's American Pastoral on wide-screen (my TV box) added the hazy-drip contemplative-Hollywood-cut-cinematography and the ultra-gorgeous sound-track and post-modern music score.The story is a basic Americana's tale of greed-redemption but shooting and editing brilliantly. It's as good and human as any masterworks of John Ford (don't throw rocks at me, i'm still tripping on it, lol).
Excellent. Pros & Cons: (+) visually stunning; top production; fantastic cinematography; top-noch performances of cast; interesting story; at the begining for about 10-15 minutes no single word is spoken, I like that. (-) why is Daniel's life based on hate? what caused him to be a maniac? It would have been interesting to know... Overall, still a masterpiece about the American Dream & it's pitfalls.
This has become one of my favorites and I have seen it at least five times, even twice in a row once. The way DDL plays characters, it doesn't matter at all whether, in real life, you would have found their deeds reprehensible or loving or anything inbetween, when he plays it, you are 100% with him. He relates the unrelatable, I really like DDL, he always brings me to a place of reflection through his performances.
This week I was lucky to attend a screening with a live performance of the score from the London Contemporary Orchestra and Jonny Greenwood. I am now having wonderful flashbacks to certain moments and scenes, remembering why this is such a masterpiece. PTA, DD-L and Dano nail it on every level. A tribute to the master himself, Altman <3