Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds
So I’ve had this movie talked up to me for the last five years. People were hailing There Will Be Blood as the single greatest achievement in cinema history. They were worshiping it as though unto a god, A GIANT GOLDEN GOD STRIDING ACROSS THE LAND, BLESSING ALL THE FILMS IT TOUCHES!! Okay, maybe not that much, but my point is that it was not amazing.
Daniel Day-Lewis is an oil driller in the early 1900’s who is an excellent salesman. He gets a tip about a town full of oil and weasels his way into the area to drill. As time goes on, he gets rich off the oil and has to put up with an annoying local preacher who keeps wanting money to build and establish his church. This passive-aggressive rivalry lasts for the rest of their lives, and it — oh and there’s some stuff about the guy’s kid. Yes. That’s this movie.
The movie is fine, there are some great performances and the cinematography is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s also twice as long as it has any reason to be so there are huge chunks of film where you’re just watching people running in slow motion. It’s good, but I would never want to watch it a second time.