There Will Be Blood – Movie Review

30 09 2010

There Will Be Blood is about a character named Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis). He is an Oilman who one day finds out about a faraway farm that is sitting on a rich oil deposit. Daniel travels to this farm and negotiates with the family living there on the sale of their land. He finally buys this plot of land, and promises the masses living around there that he will donate $10,000 to their local church.

While living and doing business on this plot of land, Daniel has frequent encounters with Eli (Paul Dano), who is the pastor of the church. A good portion of the film dwells on the relationship between Daniel and Eli. Eli kindly asks Daniel to pay what he promised, and when Daniel refuses, Eli backs aways peacefully. Later on, Eli makes a request that he performs a religious ritual on one of the mining equipment. Daniel never lets him do it. And then the day comes when a huge accident occurs on site, causing all sorts of problems.

The film creates a very intense atmosphere using its various characters. Daniel wants to find oil so bad that he sometimes makes unwise decisions. The pastor Eli seems like a kind-hearted man, but later on he is seen expressing his feelings with his fists. A turning point happens somewhere at the middle of the film when Daniel approaches Eli while he is preaching in his church. I like how the man who does not care for religion suddenly goes to a pastor for help. Daniel is now interested in what Eli has to offer, and what happens in that scene is for you to see for yourself.

Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano are exceptionally good actors. Their characters are developed in a very engaging manner that goes in directions you would not expect. At the start of the film, I found myself to be siding with the oilman, but towards the middle I started to like the pastor more. As more events take place, we see both the good and bad sides of these two characters, and it makes you wonder if you should be supporting either of them at all. At the end of the film, there is a highly dramatic scene involving Daniel and Eli that contains shocking moments.

I found the subplot about Daniel’s brother to be irrelevant and derails from the main plot, but There Will Be Blood is a very polished film that brings out the right emotions from you at the right moments. Such thought-provoking stories and characters attract praises from the critics, and I’m sure the regular movie goer will enjoy this film as well.




2 responses

5 05 2011
Grande Falcone

The film is little more than a character study on Plainview, and I think the episode with his brother effectively adds depth to his character. As much as he “hates people”, he still respects the bond of family and does have a sense of right & wrong, albeit a little off-kilter. I agree about the acting; Lewis’s portrayal is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

6 05 2011

Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance here is phenomenal… and he was great in The Last of the Mohicans too.

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