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May 20, 2008

There Will Be Blood

I'm not really sure why, but I avoided this film for quite some time. I just thought I would find it boring. I knew it was very long, and I knew that it didn't include much plot.

But I was wrong. I found the flim fascinating and engrossing and hard to forget. Obviously, the acting is incredible. Daniel Day-Lewis deserves every award and accolade he received for this role.

What I didn't expect was coming away with such lessons about unbridled greed and competition, and the affect they can have on your soul. The way Daniel Plainview destroyed all of his relationships one by one as he descended into a certain kind of madness was completely preventable and tragic. While the portrayal of religion was far from positive, it's telling that Plainview's antagonism with Eli, the town pastor, culminates at the same time his madness becomes truly unfurled.

And sadly, what truly sets Plainview off is the stark realization that Eli, in the end, chooses money over God. At this point, when the idol Plainview has sought his entire life wins over the most holy man he knew, there was nothing to hold back his final drop into darkness.

Posted by jason on May 20, 2008 02:49 AM

Comments

Good to see you back to the hard work of watching movies..I was beginning to think you were slacking there.

Posted by: Jonathan on May 20, 2008 01:14 PM

Oh don't worry, I wasn't really slacking... I just watched all 12 hours of Ken Burn's Civil War documentary, so that was taking forever to get through.

Posted by: jason on May 20, 2008 01:18 PM

What, no review of the Civil War documentary?

Posted by: Jonathan on May 20, 2008 02:06 PM

Daniel Day-Lewis was just amazing. His performance was mesmerizing. I agree with Jason, this movie surprised me at how good it was.


Posted by: paul on May 20, 2008 02:19 PM

paul do you really think we care about your opinion? Are you going to film school? Do you live in LA?

Posted by: Anonymous on May 20, 2008 10:31 PM

yes to all three.

Posted by: paul on May 21, 2008 02:29 AM

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