Year of Release: 2007
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Approx. Running Time: 158 minutes
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
This widely acclaimed masterpiece and must-see American epic features the Academy Award-winning performance of Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor, 2007). Daniel Plainview and son are independent oil men, looking for prospects in California at the turn of the 20th Century. They are challenged by a young preacher, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), whose own ambition is matched by Plainview's. Their battle forms the center of a scary, darkly-comic historical journey into an abyss of madness. "There Will Be Blood is Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, belching fire and brimstone and damnation to Hell. It is, above all, a consummate work of art" (Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES).
When I first saw the previews to this film, my initial reaction was "That looks stupid." As time went by, I kept hearing all these rave reviews and gave in to my resulting curiousity when the movie was released on DVD.
I should have trusted my initial feeling. The film moves at a snail's pace, none of the characters are likeable (not even in a "like to dislike" them kind of way) and I quickly became bored. I honestly can't see what people thought was so great about this film.
I would give it only one star, but I have to give it some credit for the spectacular cinematography and for the very creative way in which one of characters gets killed - which was the only scene in the film that I really enjoyed at all.
Rated R (MPAA)
2007 (Year of Release)