Tar av meg hatten for Daniel Day-Lewis. En av de beste skuespillerprestasjonene jeg har sett. Regissør Paul Thomas Anderson forteller historien i et sakte tempo, og får oss til å kjenne på følelsene underveis.
PTA hit it out of the ballpark with this one, recovering from the misfire of "Punchdrunk Love". Plainview is a true antihero, completely brought to life by Day-Lewis. As usual with Anderson, politics are a secondary and even tangential concern. Knowing what Plainview is about is not as important as understanding why. Sympathizing with him, getting inside his head, so filled with hate and emotional alienation, is the goal. Plus best 70's style ending I've seen in years!
Daniel Day-Lewis just makes the film, hands down. The way he drives the character progression should be studied in acting classes for decades to come...and as for closing scenes, you can't do much better than the "I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!" speech.
There's something about Anderson's style that annoys me, though I can't quite put my finger on it. He spends so much time thinking how to make every scene as impressive as possible that most of the time he overshoots completely (often with the help of an almost unbearable soundtrack). A long, boring film that does not really have anything meaningful to say.
I can watch the first half of this movie again and again, but the second half contains some irritating and disrupting elements - the film itself has a similar structure to that of Plainview's; it is unsuccessful in portraying Plainview's fall from grace. Greenwood's soundtrack also deserves praise.
There Will Be Blood isn't a film I can recommend unless you are a big Daniel Day-Lewis fan. Even then, there are other films out there that let him show off his acting skills, like Gangs of New York has him playing a similar character, actually. It's well-made, certainly, but there's nothing to care about and not much to hold your interest, save for our leading man. But his character isn't even one that you will care about, which undermines the entire film.