December 5, 2007
There Will Be Blood, 12/5.The Boston Globe's Ty Burr has seen There Will Be Blood: "Very weird, very funny, very scary, and I wasn't sure I liked it until I couldn't get it out of my head all night." Much more from Todd Brown at Twitch: Opening with an extremely lengthy sequence played entirely without dialogue [Paul Thomas] Anderson's oil patch drama is, in many ways, an anti-Anderson film, one based on minimalist rhythm and tone and entirely absent Anderson's trademark stylistic flourishes and pop culture savvy. It is an interesting approach for Anderson, one entirely at odds with his entire body of work to date. And, thanks in no small part to an absolutely riveting performance from Daniel Day Lewis, his willingness to change things up has resulted in arguably Anderson's finest film to date, the high point of an already sterling career. The length, content, minimalist approach and lack of major star power virtually guarantee that it will die an ignoble death at the box office - a fate Anderson should be well familiar with by now - but financial success or no There Will Be Blood is a prototypical, archetypal example of purely American cinema at its finest. Sample the soundtrack via the Playlist's preview.
Posted by dwhudson at December 5, 2007 1:21 PM