MONKEY REVIEW: There Will Be Blood

January 27, 2008

“I’m finished.”

Intense, vivid portrait of several decades in the life of a misanthropic oilman, played by Daniel Day Lewis. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), There Will Be Blood mostly succeeds as a epic story centering on two predominant (if not the predominant) spheres of influences in American life, fundamentalist Christianity and corporate greed. It stumbles, however, in the final section, perhaps because that section takes place so long after the events Anderson spends most of the 2 and a half hour plus running time detailing. Crucial turns take place while the audience is busy filling in considerable blanks, so the turns aren’t nearly as effective as they might’ve been otherwise. All in all, however, There Will Be Blood is a very good, often great movie, anchored by a memorable performance by Lewis. The direction and music are reminiscent of silent films, with the opening sequence almost purely composed of images and music. That sequence and a baptism scene later in the film alone make There Will Be Blood worth watching.

MONKEY RATING: ONE MONKEY

(For a brief explanation of the Monkey Review rating system, click here.)

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