Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Director Paul Thomas Anderson first became noticed when he hit the scene with Boogie Nights followed by Magnolia and the surprise hit, Punch Drunk Love. Now with those under his belt he has created what many consider to be a masterpiece with There Will Be Blood.
When I was a boy I stayed away from anything labeled ‘drama’, ‘epic’, or for the most part ‘academy award winner’ because quite often I would be bored to tears. There Will Be Blood is exactly the kind of movie I was avoiding. Drearily slow, the first line of dialogue is not spoken until 14 minutes and 30 seconds into the film. Older and wiser I can now appreciate a powerful yet slow film if they hit on the right day.
Having won several awards, the direction acting is phenomenal, the pace however requires some serious gearing down.
The story comes directly from Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil!. Here Daniel Day Lewis plays the ruthless oilman with his sweet son by his side. The story follows one mans building of an oil empire and some of the dirty steps necessary to create such a successful enterprise. One main spur in his saddle is the baby faced preacher played by Paul Dano who attempts to bring god into the equation.In the end I can only recommend this film with a strong warning attached. Yes the performances are fantastic but you really have to be prepared and not expect anything too quickly.