|There Will Be Blood [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 06/03/2008 Run time: 158 minutes Rating: R
Unmistakably a shot at greatness, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood succeeds in wild, explosive ways. The film digs into nothing less than the sources of peculiarly American kinds of ambition, corruption, and industry--and makes exhilarating cinema from it all. Although inspired by Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil!, Anderson has crafted his own take on the material, focusing on a black-eyed, self-made oilman named Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), whose voracious appetite for oil turns him into a California tycoon in the early years of the 20th century. The early reels are a mesmerizing look at the getting of oil from the ground, an intensely physical process that later broadens into Plainview's equally indomitable urge to control land and power. Curious, diverting episodes accumulate during Plainview's rise: a mighty derrick fire (a bravura opportunity that Anderson, with the aid of cinematographer Robert Elswit, does not fail to meet), a visit from a long-lost brother (Kevin J. O'Connor), the ongoing involvement of Plainview's poker-faced adoptive son (Dillon Freasier). As the film progresses, it gravitates toward Plainview's rivalry with the local representative of God, a preacher named Eli Sunday (brimstone-spitting Paul Dano); religion and capitalism are thus presented not so much as opposing forces but as two sides of the same coin. And the worm in the apple here is less man's greed than his vanity. Anderson's offbeat take on all this--exemplified by the astonishing musical score by Jonny Greenwood--occasionally threatens to break the film apart, but even when it founders, it excites. As for Daniel Day-Lewis, his performance is Olivier-like in its grand scope and its attention to details of behavior; Plainview speaks in the rum-rich voice of John Huston, and squints with the wariness of Walter Huston. It's a fearsome performance, and the engine behind the film's relentless power. --Robert Horton
- Do not bother
This pessimistic movie is not only mostly boring but morbid, ghoulish in parts, coupled with having an excessively annoying, nerve jolting so-called 'soundtrack'.
In terms of the aging process of the two main actors in depicting their historic evolution from 1898, until this picture's dreadfully droning, bloody, psychotic conclusion in 1927 -- it does not exist. What were they thinking to make such total rubbish.
To sum up, with the exception of the fine cinematography, forget-about-it....more info
- There Will Be Blood
"Ladies and gentlemen, if I say I am an oil man, you will agree." And so begins our affair with Daniel Plainview. He is an intense man. He squints out of one eye, glaring at the rest of humanity over a drunken-gaze. Completely ruthless. A vicious, cut-throat bastard whose ego is only matched by his wealth. The only thing this man has, or will, ever love is money. Basically, he's Charles Foster Kane without the regret. And yet, you can't help but root for him at every turn in the story. Why is that? As I mentioned, he's completely ruthless. (As demonstrated in the scene where he is talking with H.W. about buying the Sunday family's ranch. "I'm not going to give them oil prices. I'm going to give them quail prices.") Perhaps it's his charisma. He just exudes it. Almost to the point of being able to dupe us as easily as he dupes all of the citizens of Little Boston. The only person who sees right through him is the local preacher, the young Eli Sunday. Eli knows that Daniel is a fake. Because he himself is a fake. The only thing these two have in common is their drive to achieve wealth. This is an epic film. Monumental. Paul Thomas Anderson is without a doubt the greatest film-maker working today. And he only keeps getting better and better. I look forward to his next film. (Though how he's going to follow this, I have no idea...) Many people, including myself, have compared this film to Citizen Kane. I do so, too, because, like Kane, this film was basically ignored by the Academy. There Will Be Blood is one of those once-in-a-lifetime films that will be remembered as being one of the greatest of all-time. If not, it most certainly contains one of the most memorable quotes in years. I don't want to spoil it for you here, though....more info
- How on Earth did this movie get such rave reviews from critics?
This movie couldn't hold my attention for more than 5 minutes at a time -- and I'm certainly not the spacey, ADD/HD type of person. I enjoy a GOOD movie as much as anyone, but I don't understand in a million years how this movie got Academy Awards. I just don't. Of course, it's only my opinion, but I finished the movie completely buffuddled and bewildered.
This is a classic example of a movie that you're going to either love or hate. There's virtually no grey area. It appeals to critics, and only a certain kind of audience. People who are looking for movies that don't fit in with 'normal' society. I guess those are the kind of movies that the Academy consider great, even though they're far from it.
I couldn't in a million years recommend this movie to anyone, but if you enjoyed it, I'm not going to argue with you. To each his own, but I thought it was abysmal, personally....more info
- Interesting But Flawed Character Study
Director P.T. Anderson has created a moumental but flawed film about one man's ambition as it comes into conflict with the concept of faith. Based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!, There Will Be Blood tells the story of independant oilman Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he struggles to get rich in turn of the century America.
Day-Lewis,channeling John Huston, gives a career defining performance as a man totally alone in his ambition to become rich. This film is a character study more than an action narrative. Daniel Plainview is a complex man with no friends, no sense of history and presumably no morals as he attempts to control his destiny in the growing oil business. When he comes into conflict with an evangelical preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) true colors are shown and a fight to the finish is begun.
The performance by Day-Lewis won him a deserved Best Actor Oscar. Also of note is the great camara work by Richard Elswit and the unique musical score by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.
I viewed the two disc edition which features the film on disc one and special features on the second disc. The special features include 15 minutes of stills and research to a Greenwood score, two trailers and some deleted scenes. These extras run for about 30 minutes. The main feature here is The History of Petroleum (1923-27) a silent black and white film produced by Sinclair Oil and the US Bureau of Mines. This short is also scored by Greenwood.
This film is definately worth checking out but may be a better rental than purchase. One further note the packaging on this set is horrible. The discs are squeezed into cardboard sleeves that virtually insure scratching with repeated viewings....more info
- This was nominated for best picture? Really?
"There Will Be Blood" tells the story of an early 20th Century oil tycoon, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his interactions with those around him, in particular, his son and a young preacher, Eli Sunday (Paul Dano).
"There Will Be Blood" has received much critical acclaim and is currently ranked at #107 in the IMdB Top 250, and yet, I just can't see why. Paul Thomas Anderson is a very good writer and director, as has been demonstrated by his earlier works "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia", but the sprawling character structure format Anderson used in his previous works, just doesn't work in this case. Instead, I just found "There Will Be Blood" to be overly long, depressing and unfocussed.
One of the biggest problems with "There Will Be Blood" is that there just aren't enough major characters to sustain 2 ? hours of film. Whereas "Magnolia" must have had around a dozen major characters in it, "There Will Be Blood" only really has one, Daniel Plainview, and he isn't all that interesting. Daniel Plainview's character doesn't seem to change or develop at all for the duration of the movie. I think that one of the main purposes of this film is to show the interaction between Plainview and Eli Sunday (the interaction between capitalism and religion), but there aren't all that many scenes in which these characters interact and they are too spaced out to really have much of an impact (and in my opinion, don't adequately justify the ending of the film). I think that this film could have been greatly improved by trimming it down to around 100 minutes, so as to intensify the focus on these scenes.
As with all of Anderson's movies, "There Will Be Blood" is beautifully filmed, but in a way, that makes it all the more frustrating. It's like a big, beautifully wrapped Christmas box that only contains a pair of socks. It definitely does not deserve all of the awards and nominations that it received. In my opinion, "Breach", which was released in the same year as "There Will Be Blood" and received virtually no nominations, is a much better written and acted movie (Chris Cooper was brilliant in "Breach", while Daniel Day-Lewis seemed to be almost overacting in this film) and whereas I doubt I will ever watch "There Will Be Blood" again, I suspect that my copy of "Breach" will be viewed many more times.
- Perhaps Best of All Time
Let me start by saying that my wife absolutely hated this movie. I, on the other hand, was, and continue to be, completely engaged by this awe-inspiring Daniel Day Lewis performance. His singular ability to so effectively portray the relentless greed that propelled our country into the 20th century is, IMHO, one of the best acting performances ever. I particularly enjoy the scene where he speaks to a small town about buying its land, only to walk away in frustration ("too much confusion"). His voice is captivating, and his complete metamorphosis into this man is so richly believable. And as brilliant as his acting, we cannot undervalue the director. The camera work was divine. It took serious guts to film the first 15-20 minutes w/o a single word, but that opening scene perfectly set the stage for what was to follow. I can't say enough. ...more info
- There Isn't Any Character
When There Will Be Blood came out I was very interested in seeing it. My family was involved in the oil industry in one way or another from 1959 to 1987. One of the first places the film names is Signal Hill in Long Beach CA where my mother was a dispatcher for many years, and my father was a scientist that developed the project to inject steam into the tar in Yorba Linda Ca, that was later adopted to Kern County and other places that provide a majority of domestic crude oil. I myself worked for many years on oil rigs in Kern County (Oildale, Belridge, Taft etc. until my last day when I nearly lost my hand in '87) So.... I thought a film about the early days of California's oil industry would be fascinating.
But here is the deal,
Every character in the film is so narcissistic and amoral that the great acting and stunning cinematography was just wasted. I didn't care about any of the characters in the story (with the exception of the wife of the son) enough to enjoy the film at all.
So if you want a movie that is well acted, and well filmed, but is unmoving and dull with an annoying soundtrack, this is for you. Otherwise, find something a bit more upbeat.
- The worst soundtrack in the history of movies
I'm watching this movie and attempting to enjoy it but the music is just awful. I mean the music is really, really bad. Never in my life have I watched a movie like this where the music actually distracts one from enjoying the movie. Whoever the sound engineer was for this movie should never be allowed to work in movies again. ...more info
- Alas Death to the Protagonist
I have a theory----If you're miserable, hate rich oil people, hate religious people, and have numerous personal issues yourself (maybe bad marriage, bad parents, bad kids) or you just feel deprived of something even though you have the world on a silver platter. And especially if like Oscar buzz movies despite it being yet another a dark cliche
Then this movie IS FOR YOU!
- Five Stars- Enough Said
So this film is for intelligent people with an attention span who have an afternoon or an evening to spare. Go get your favorite thing to eat. For me, that'd be California rolls, I'm mad for those, and San Pelligrino lemonade.
Rent this, or buy, I can see buying, it's that good. I could also see watching it with someone of equal intelligence, just so long as you don't have to spend any time explaining things. I hate having to explain story line, plot, you catch me.
This movie is amazing. Enjoy yourself. ...more info
- Study of Greed and Paranoia
More than an epic tale of an early 20th Century oilman, this is a fascinating study of the greed for power and what it does to a man.
We meet Daniel Plainview down the bottom of a mine, exerting himself in mind-numbingly monotonous and backbreaking work, looking for gold or silver. He is a man willing to endure pain and humiliation to grasp more money, or more power. As he quickly moves from gold to black gold, he becomes more powerful, and his ruthlessness and underhandedness become more and more apparent, combined with the charisma required to persuade landowners to part with the mineral rights of their property. We learn about how he sees other people when he adopts a boy who he finds useful to put a kind face on his activities, and how he treats a man appears claiming to be his half brother. The movie kicks into gear though when he meets an equally power hungry man in the unlikely form of the young faith healer and preacher, to whom he takes a seemingly instant dislike. With the relationships with these three characters, we see his dilemna- his power is only something if he can pass it on, but when he sees only the worst in other people, how can he? Who will be worthy of the three to take on his mantle..?
The style of the movie has some stunning direction which tells us much of the story through scenes and images, rather than words, yet this is married with an intelligent, absorbing and uncompromising script. The music is daringly inventive, although with me the jury is out whether it is a success or a distraction.
Daniel Day-Lewis turns in yet another 100% authentic and believable performance, creating a chilling and yet at times charismatic character, and Paul Dano is remarkable as the young preacher.
Sure, women are given little to no role in the story, and it is unremitting in its bleakness, at times feeling like it has been designed to within an inch of its cinematic life. It's not going to be to everyone's taste.. However the authenticity, stunning performances and script that demands the viewer engage in some thought, have created what might just be a bona fide masterpiece, even with its flaws.
It is 1898, and Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) has just struck oil for the first time. As the years pass, Plainview becomes a wealthy oilman, traveling the countryside with his son, buying land and building oil wells. When he buys one farm, he begins an antagonistic relationship with a young preacher.
I didn't "get" this movie. I know critics praised it for being a great piece of art but for me it was two and a half long hours of monotonous tedium. The only thing interesting about it was the soundtrack which created an eerie, ominous mood, making me believe it was building to some exciting action. But the plot, such as it is, just rambles through the years and we learn nothing of the oilman's background or his thoughts beyond the oilfield. We don't know why he's so angry and cold.
There is minimal dialogue and when people do speak, there is no emotional connection (except for Plainview and his odd son, but even that deteriorates - and again, we don't know why). The young preacher wasn't believable at all; he seemed weak and silly, not at all an equal adversary for the heartless Plainview. No one in the cast was sympathetic or interesting and I gave up caring about them....more info
- "Citizen Kane" on steroids
"There Will Be Blood" is an excellent example of what a director can do when he grafts together epic literary tales ("King Lear", "Oedipus Rex") and compacts them into one tragic tale. Paul Thomas Anderson must have had a lot of fun (maybe) skimming the proverbial froth from innumerable tales of the tragic "great" man and transforming them into this tour de force of tragedy.
Daniel Day-Lewis deserves an award for his performance as this hollow, ambitious and sadistic man who arrives on the scene with no origin. He doesn't talk; he growls. He doesn't walk; ravages the land he walks on with a proud aggression. He wants money and he wants oil.
This brings him into conflict with perhaps the most despicable character in the film (yes, more despicable than Plainview): the Preacher Eli. A narcissistic, money hungry con artist who even physically resembles a snake, his heart does not reside in Logos or Divine Truth but in money. One thing I did not like about this film at all was the constant mockery of the mere idea of God's existence--because there's one fraud playing a huge part in the film, Anderson has to engage in cliched Starbucks cinematic modernity? (Which is one of the reasons "No Country For Old Men" is a better film: it is not about the madness of one titanic figure, it is about fate and the ultimate).
Plainview, for all his considerable business skills, is essentially a demented and angry misanthrope. I'd disagree with reviewers (Roger Ebert being one of them) who saw no mercy in this guy. He seems to care very much for his son H.W. until the end, until all the betrayals real and imagined have occured. I had to laugh a few times when Plainview flips out, at one point telling a member of Standard Oil that he was going to "visit him at his home and cut his throat in the middle of the night": all the guy did was suggest that, as a millionaire, he could devote more of his time to his son. His spontaneous convulsions of rage are both amusing and horrifying.
I expected something to change in Plainview's fate midway through the movie for some reason. It never did. Things get worse and worse until he is finally worse off, even, than Charles Foster Kane. And more dangerous.
A finely crafted movie. Definitely destined to become a cult classic....more info
- one of the best movies ever made
i can't believe this movie has over 300 reviews and only has 3 1/2 stars.it is one of the best movies of all time.daniel day-lewis gives one of the best performances i have ever seen,and the rest of the cast is awesome too.the packaging is also really cool.it looks like an old book with his speech he always gives typed on the inside cover.the second disk is great with a really cool documentary and some other stuff.worth the extra money....more info
- ENGROSSING STORY, BUT SLIGHTLY FLAWED!
I have been wanting to see this film for quite some time now and for the most part it doesn't disappoint! The story a ruthless, but human oil tycoon is compelling, but the ending left me wanting a bit more. The film is beautifully shot and the acting is wonderful, especially Mr. Lewis's portrayal of the main character. It's a long film, but it never feels that way. This may not be my favorite film of the year, but it's darn good! ...more info
- Entertaining, thoughtful and poignant...
Whether you are a Lewis fan or not you can not help but enjoy this picture.
The plot is simple enough, but the execution of it is a masterpiece of subtle insight and pristine truthfulness into the human condition.
This is one of the all too infrequent breed of movies which is so multi-faceted in its human element, refined and yet with raw and unfiltered boldness as it lays out emotion and character motivations with unhurried bravery, that it sneaks up on you and surrounds you before you realize it.
Whether to explore the historical perspective, to enjoy the lead actor or simply to revel in the well executed totality of a carefully crafted film--you owe it to yourself to see this movie....more info
- Stunningly Riveting
Another PTA masterpiece. Those who are fans know his films are an acquired taste and this one is no different. Character based and sensational cinematography. The dvd I got was bare nuts with no special features, which I enjoy watching. Great flick. ...more info
- 158 minutes I'll never get back
I found this movie to be pretty boring overall. Unfortunately it is also a little long. I might have liked it better if my expectations hadn't been so high. Although Daniel Day-Lewis was very good as usual, it wasn't enough to make up for the slow tiring story. The characters for the most part were kind of bizarre. Two of the main parts: a young preacher who was very creepy and the main character's son that had no personality or lines. The ending was also strange but very abrupt thank goodness. Rent or buy used(like me). If you pay retail there will be blood from pounding your head on the floor. ...more info
- Great Cinematography & Production Values, Bombastic Story
Daniel Day Lewis does the very best he can with the material he has, and certainly the look of the film is immense and impressive. However the characters seem almost taken from some forgotten melodrama, DD Lewis included at times. A little too much Bill The Butcher in the film for me.
Not sure what to make of the ending. I'm finished here now....more info
Hard to believe this film was celebrated as one of the best of the year.
It is uninspired, with bad performances, a very superficial photography.
It hurts what a Terrence Malick woud have done with this sujet! Danel Day Lewis is a great actor but how managed Anderson to turn him into the worst performance of his career. ...more info
- 3.5 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
There Will Be Blood represents a 160 minutes of dark and brooding themes--it's certainly not a movie for everyone--but P.T. Anderson is such a talented director and Daniel Day-Lewis offers his usual intensity that I hope you will take the time to watch this challenging but rewarding take on American greed....more info
- There will be BAD Blood
Visually stunning and morally bankrupt. While the movie provides an powerful sense of time and place it also makes you wonder, why bother? The characters seem to revel in the most negative aspects of human nature. The film seems intended to drain the viewer of hope and I found one viewing to be more than enough....more info
- There will be caricatures
I just watched this movie last night, and I agree with many posters' synopses of the movie. It is shot very well, tells a compelling story about how oil began as a big business, which is told through the story of the company's founder, Plainview. I didn't have a problem with the story per se, but there were a few things that really bothered me, which ultimately resulted in my retiring to bed at the very end.
First, the story is very long. As the story develops we can see that Plainview and the local pastor will come to butt heads in the movie, which is foreshadowed from the outset by the characters' actions. Although dignity was given to the story line, I believe they could have edited out some scenes and it still would have been fine. There also could have been some dialogue in the first 15 minutes of the movie. I realize cinema is an art, BUT, unless something compelling happens, it can become laborious to watch.
Second, I really disliked Daniel Day Lewis's portrayal of Plainview. In becoming the character, Lewis goes from becoming Plainview to acting like an oil tycoon in the making, which effectively results in becoming a caricature of the main character, which is actually NOT good acting. Simply because Lewis can hold a pose in his face throughout the film does not merit an Oscar. I felt as though his efforts were too forced, and almost comical. I wish that he would have actually tried to become the man, rather than ACTED like the man. There's a difference.
Third, I really disliked the music. It reminded me of the movies from the 60s when filmmakers tried to be avant-garde with clashing sounds and music that had no discernible rhythm or tone, but I suppose, as with other aspects of this movie, is just a personal taste issue.
I really enjoyed the shots that were in the movie, especially when they struck oil when the son is involved.
Overall, good, but not Oscar-worthy in the least....more info
- Began with great promise but was ultimately forgettable
The movie started with great promise, but never fulfilled it. The climax of the flick was not noteworthy. Finally, the acting, while strong at the beginning, grew tiresome by the end. ...more info
- D.W. GRIFFITH IS A ROLLING IN HIS TOMB!
OBVIOUSLY INSPIRED by Von Stoheim's GREED - this "homage" to the silent screen is dreadful.
Daniel Day Lweis impersonates the Great Walter Huston - shame on you Boy!Dano is wonderful though as the religious fanatic .....
it could have been worse ....
but very overstated as "art"....more info
- There's gold in them their broken leg.
The first thing about my review that you will notice is that I do not use the characters names or describe what event it is that I am talking about. I do make it clear to you, once you've seen this movie, exactly what event I'm talking about. I deem it absolutely necessary not to give any of this movie away in my review as to keep the integrity of the movie in tact. That, in itself, should tell you how great this movie is. This, in my opinion is Day's best movie since he made My Left Foot. The movie starts off slow enough in the beginning, so much so that my wife and I almost turned it off. But after the initial 10 minutes of the movie (which there are no sounds or words), it picked up speed and stayed in the NASCAR hunt for the flag in the way of speed and flow of this movie. This one, once it gets moving, stays interesting as we follow the oil baron through his highs and lows of being a ruthless oil baron. The ending as with the rest of the movie, was well thought out and brought to us, the movie goer, in a Hope Diamond type of ending. That is to say that it is absolutely a magnificent ending where all of the main characters demon's finally come back to haunt him to the point of total ruin.
In closing I would like to emplore you to rent or buy this movie and watch it one night when your angry and spiteful. This movie will meet your anger and spite head on, and leave you feeling glad that your anger will subside even when his never did.
I bid you angry and spiteful watching and may your heart recover it's happiness even though his didn't.
Xilocane ...more info
- Can I be the first to say the movie's awful and the box is fine?
After enduring the longest and most painful two and a half hours of my life watching this ghastly, pretentious, ridiculous and nauseous drivel, I came to the Amazon site expecting a flood of one-star reviews saying exactly the same.
Instead, I see hundreds of whinges about the DVD box! Who cares if it's cardboard or plastic or solid gold? For crying out loud, if it's packaging that turns you on, why don't you spend your money on corn flakes instead, and put your reviews on the Kelloggs website?
My one-star review is entirely about this film. Daniel Day Lewis, eyes all blacked up to make him look mean, plays it like some silent movie villain out of a Laurel and Hardy film. Which is all rather apt as for the first half hour of this bum-numbing eternity of torture, nobody actually says anything!
When they do start talking, it's a relief... but only for a few moments. After just a few minutes of DDL's grimy mumblings I was starting to grind my teeth. As he tried to bond with his loathsome kid, I started pacing the room, slapping abaseball bat in my sweaty mitts. But the final straw was when that odious teenage preacher started screaming and raving in his squawky pre-pubescent voice in his 'church'.
"That's it!" I told the wife. "I'm going outside to get some half bricks to lob at the screen!"
In fact, as this turgid, plotless and hideously over-rated guff unravels, you end up wanting to throw bricks at every single character who shows up. What a load of dross!
Is it all a metaphor about human life? A searing indictment of man's capacity to carry revenge through several generations? What powerful emotional undercurrents are at work here in the corrupt frontier land of early 1900s America?
I couldn't give a flying fig.
All I want to know is... when am I going to get my money back for this shameful corruption of my OWN emotions... and when will Mr Day Lewis apologise for his terrible hammy performance and hand his Oscar back?
Those idiots who complain about the cardboard DVD sleeve should count their blessings... at least you've got something to line the bottom of the budgie cage....more info