Sunday Feature-Week 23: There Will Be Blood (2007)
Title: There Will Be Blood
Tone:A Kubrickian, Citzen Kane-esque, Masterpiece.
Director- Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast- Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
What: Daniel Plainview, an oil prospector, stakes a claim in the town of Little Boston during the rise of California’s oil boom in 19th and 20th century.
- In light of the BP oil disaster, this week’s film profiles the birth of the oil industry through one of the greatest flawed-protagonist character pieces of all time, the best film of the decade, There Will Be Blood.
- Heavily inspired by Penderecki’s score for Kubrick’s The Shining, Johnny Greenwood’s haunting, atonal score is exquisite.
- Robert Elswit’s cinematography is absolutely flawless in this film and rightly won him an Oscar. There Will Be Blood is chock full of strong, compelling, and memorable images. Good stuff.
- Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in There Will Be Blood is quite possibly the best performance of his career. Below is an excerpt from the film, one of the best monologues in cinema and evidence as to why Daniel Day-Lewis took home the Oscar for his performance. Enjoy!
Note: I’m unable to embed the clip but here is the link