At first it seems a veracious film about the history of oil drilling and how it seemed to make fortune seekers and villages prosper. Soon this utopia starts showing some more sinister side, and slowly the greed takes its toll on people, turning them into monsters. Very accessible and nicely filmed movie, recommended to many.
What bothers me here is the prevalence of THEMES (as it is usual with PTA, always in capital letters): ENVY, CAPITALISM, GREED. It transforms this otherwise powerful film (some of the scenes are really astonishing) in a too heavy-handed account of moods that are not provocative by any measure, and rather common-sensical.
Very good film, as expected. The score was superb however Daniel’s hubris is certainly more than an overplayed cliché. It is fairly predictable in some areas. Yet I consider the fall from religious faith to capitalist enterprise as a ‘Paradise Lost’ motif, particularly during the gold rush era- important and too often overlooked in cinema. Not enough blood.
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.