Thursday, February 9, 2017

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Academy Awards, USA 2008

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Robert Elswit
Best Motion Picture of the Year
JoAnne Sellar
Paul Thomas Anderson
Daniel Lupi
Best Achievement in Directing
Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Dylan Tichenor
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Jack Fisk (art director)
Jim Erickson (set decorator)
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Matthew Wood
Christopher Scarabosio

Paramount Vantage
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Paramount) 

Prospector Daniel Day-Lewis gets a tip about an oil field on a remote California ranch. He travels there to buy the ranch and as much surrounding land as possible before the big oil company. He builds a derrick and hires men to operate it. His plans to build a pipeline to the ocean are thwarted by a holdout who refused to sell his land. He also clashes with a local young preacher, leading to a deadly confrontation. Epic story demonstrating how greed, in all of its forms, leads to amoral and ultimately self-destructive behavior. A vivid characterization by Day-Lewis, set to an intense, foreboding soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood. However, the gloomy atmosphere and unlikable characters begins to wear after a couple of hours, and an overwrought ending does not help.

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