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There Will Be Blood

2007 movie with Daniel Day Lewis

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One of my favorite historical fiction films.

  • Dec 19, 2008
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I love the historical fiction/drama genre, especially if it has to do with California. And There Will Be Blood falls into that category perfectly!

The film follows an oilman played by Daniel Day-Lewis as he develops oil fields in Central California. As the film progresses, he becomes more engrossed in his oil and more obsessed with his wealth, eventually leading to a near mental breakdown at the end.

Best line from the film? "I drink your milkshake!" (Look it up on YouTube; there's plenty of clips, music videos, and spoofs to entertain you!)

I feel that the film, despite taking place in a fictitious Central Valley town, is pretty historically accurate. It talks about real places that have benefited from oil production, like Signal Hill (near Long Beach) and correctly portrays the Central Valley as it was before various State and Federal water projects were completed. (Essentially, much of the San Joaquin Valley near Bakersfield was either too alkaline or too marshy to farm, thus lending itself to oil production before water was brought to the area by aqueducts.)

In addition, Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a stunning performance in the film. After only a couple of minutes, you really feel as though you are walking beside him in the film, almost as a silent business partner, not an observer. No wonder he won so many awards for his role in the film!

Regardless of your favorite movie genres, There Will Be Blood is truly a masterpiece and deserves anyone's full attention. Seeing it was one of the best 158 minutes of my life that I've ever spent!

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review by . August 08, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I confess to being rather late getting around to seeing this. It's one of those films that managed to pass me by upon its release, despite the fact that I was constantly hearing praise for it and despite the fact that I am a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's previous work.      Let me say this right from the start: There Will Be Blood is definitely not a film that will be enjoyed by everyone. In fact, I think some will outright hate it. It's a film that is hard to enjoy …
review by . December 22, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
There Will Be Blood... and OIL!
Paul Thomas Anderson's loose film adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel, Oil! is a somber masterpiece. There Will Be Blood is a fascinating examination of mankind's descent into madness, greed and zealotry. But rather than being heavy-handed or pretentious, the film is subtle, ironic and darkly humorous. It's not often that you see an American film that so skillfully balances these themes without being tainted by political partiality. Nor has there been a film in recent years that so rightly …
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This is the movie that should have won best picture of the year. Daniel Day Lewis is never a disappointment. This is definitely another movie where the tadum of the directing and scoring elevate the movie to a rare and powerful level.
review by . May 15, 2009
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 …
review by . November 15, 2008
Powerful performances by Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano make this film worth watching. As for the story itself, well, it's not a pretty one. The love of money (and oil) changes Daniel Plainview (Lewis) from an enterprising, industrious man and decent human being, into a whiskey soaked degenerate, who eventually alienates everyone close to him.     Preacher Eli Sunday (Dano, in a double role as both Paul and Eli Sunday) serves up fire and brimstone at the pulpit, but even his …
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There Will Be Blood is an American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The Academy-Award winning film, released December 26, 2007, is loosely based on the book Oil!, written by Upton Sinclair. 

The film depicts the development and consequences of an oil production boom in California's Central Valley in the early 20th century and the pursuit of wealth by a silver miner turned oilman played by Daniel Day-Lewis.

There Will Be Blood was received very well among critics upon its release. In addition, it appeared on many critics' "top ten" lists for the year, including the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis won Oscar, BAFTA, Golden GlobeNYFCC, Screen Actors' Guild, and IFTA Best Actor awards for his performance. Additionally, There Will Be Blood was nominated for eight Academy Awards; Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor, and Robert Elswit won Best Cinematography. It grossed more than $75 million worldwide.
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 26, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Runtime: 158 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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