05 Jan

There Will Be Blood

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B

Daniel Day Lewis earned an Oscar nomination for his leading role in “There Will Be Blood,” a movie that was nominated for Best Film.  Certainly, the production value is stellar, and the acting is amazing.  This is definitely a movie lover’s movie.

It was about ten minutes in before there was any dialogue.  We meet Daniel Day Lewis’ character as a young man just getting started in the oil business.  He works hard, and suffers, obviously putting everything he has into making himself and his company a success.  And it finally pays off, big time.  When one of his workers, a single father, dies in his well, he takes the boy as his own.

As the business grows, the man becomes more greedy, and more desperate, and more corrupt.  He buys land in California, and drills like crazy.  He makes promises he can’t keep, and gets a whole town to buy into his vision.  Meanwhile a bad accident leaves his son deaf, and a long-lost  half brother comes back into his life.  If there’s one thorn in his side, it’s the local evangelist.  A real battle between the two, and in the end, no one wins.

This is a dark movie – a real character study.  Interesting, but not for everyone.

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