seasondays third spring film festival
T H E R E - W I L L - B E - B L O O D
i still remember the first time i watched -THERE WILL BE BLOOD-, it was early on a FRIDAY in a huge cinema complex in the suburbs of MEXICO CITY, the theatre was almost empty; i was already a huge fan of PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON and had been waiting patiently for his next masterpiece for half a decade, and i remember walking out after the movie and thinking -“THIS IS AN INSTANT MASTERPIECE”-.
a masterpiece shouldn’t be confused with a classic, the first is a film a cult follows, the second a film you watch on christmas with everyone in the family; but enough about vocabulary lessons.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD tells the story of an -OIL MAN-, DANIEL PLAINVIEW, played wonderfully by DANIEL DAY LEWIS [but more of that latter]; DANIEL PLAINVIEW is an entrepeneur in the early days of oil drilling, he is unstoppable, he doesn’t care about anyone, he doesn’t care about anything except getting richer or at least die trying.
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON wrote an amazing story about family, faith, greed, religion, he wrote an amazing story about a man with a crystal clear goal in life and wouldn’t stop for anyone or anything, he knew how to work his family to get an advantage unless and until it became a problem and quietly and quickly got rid of it; and the director knew how to work us into believing that we can “fall in love” [although not the rom-com kind of love] with a greedy man, the same greedy man that we will hate in the “real world” that we live in.
DANIEL DAY LEWIS is, once again, amazing in every second of this three-hour extravaganza, he carries the film effortlessly in both silent and talking scenes and sequences, he made every single line of dialogue an instant quote [PT may be guilty of this phenomenon as well] and he blew our minds away in every sense.
PAUL DANO is amazing too, and acting against or with DAY-LEWIS is not an easy task, but he gave a truly supporting performance underlining the protagonist strenghts, both are responsible [and PT too] for two of my favorite scenes of the decade, the first, the baptism of DANIEL PLAINVIEW, the second, the bowling fight at the end.
overall the film is beautiful, the cinematography by ROBERT ELSWIT, the editing by DYLAN TECHINOR, and the production design by JACK FISK are all outstanding, great shots, well paced and locations & sets that were made to reflect the mood of the picture rather than historically reproduce the mood of that times, which a lot of people for reasons unknown look for when visiting the movies.
however, i think that out of all the technichal elements the one that stands out is the music, brilliantly composed by RADIOHEAD’s own JONNY GREENWOOD, the music still haunts me, every arrangement and every key made the score the cherry on top of an already outstanding picture, and if you ask me JONNY GREENWOOD was robbed of an ACADEMY AWARDS nominations, and therefore the win.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD, as earlier said, is a masterpiece, seen as a whole or in bits and pieces, and missing out in these adventure [ok, maybe a journey] is a mistake you should not do.