Best Movies of All Time #20: There Will Be Blood (2007)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
There Will Be Blood is a startlingly blunt portrayal of the worst kind of human being. It is a character study focusing on a man named Daniel Plainview as he works his way into being an oil tycoon in the early 20th century. Through his journey, he backstabs and betrays nearly everyone he meets but himself, the few moments he is given with a chance at redemption only being used to prove how miserable of a man he truly is. It is a dark trek to see how long it takes for the audience to accept that there are people with no good in their hearts.
Paul Thomas Anderson pays incredible mind to the aesthetics of his films, and There Will Be Blood is the most stunning of his works. Everything is in magnificent deep focus, while his intense scenes are expertly cut to create extreme urgency. Anderson spares no details in his presentation.
There Will Be Blood expertly contrasts Daniel Plainview with Eli Sunday, a young man that acts as the leader of the church in the small town that Plainview is trying to take over. The film becomes a violent conflict between the two as Eli is the only person in the town that seems fully capable of realizing what is happening. However, Eli seems to be on the same level as Plainview, lashing out at his father for his stupidity in making deals with the man. Eli does whatever he can to make Plainview’s life miserable, and it’s ultimately hard to choose who is worse. They both use their position in the world to bring down others, but Plainview at least admits to it.
It is the other members of the cast that Plainview destroys that cause the most devastation. A man comes to Plainview claiming to be his brother, and for the first time, he seems to find someone he can relate to. However, Plainview’s recently deafened son realizes the man is a fake, and when he is exposed, Plainview shoots the man. He repays his young son when he grows older by disowning him when he speaks to him about wanting to go into the oil industry. Even a family member is thrown away when he can be seen as competition. It is a tragedy, but from an impossible point of view. You can’t sympathize with Plainview, instead feeling sorry for anyone that has to come into contact with him.
Daniel Day-Lewis gives an awe-inspiring performance as Plainview. He manages to give a tint of anger to every line delivered, revealing Plainview as a desperately unhappy man even when he’s putting on airs. When he does let his anger out, he becomes one of the most terrifying figures of cinema. It is truly a performance that can’t be missed.
There Will Be Blood is easily one of the finest works of modern cinema. It combines classical storytelling with the brutality of modern film to create one of the most harrowing narratives in the medium. It is an unflinching look at darkness in the world with the discomforting suggestion that some people simply can’t be saved.
TONIGHT: Some of the coldest air we’ve seen in over a year will take place across the region tonight. The snowpack across Oklahoma plus the clearing skies and light winds are going to make it possible that we are going to see some single digits and perhaps even a few readings below zero for morning lows tomorrow morning.
As of this writing, Norman’s NWS has the forecast low of 3F for OKC, which would be a record low.
Air this cold, especially this early in the year, is pretty hard to come by — but definitely not unheard of. The combination of some snowpack, clearing skies, and light winds will make the atmosphere quite conducive to cooling tonight. Be sure to make sure your animals are ready for this cold weather and that you’ve taken all steps possible to ensure their safety. Also, be sure to check on any elderly friends or neighbors as well — if only to be a good neighbor!
Graphic from: Hazard Notifications
I present to you John Green on his wedding day.
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