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Movie Review: There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood – 2007 Drama I didn’t think I was going to like There Will Be Blood. I figured it would be one of those movies that seem to be very well made, but just aren’t entertaining at all. I thought, “how exciting can a movie about oil in the early 1900s really […]

There Will Be BloodThere Will Be Blood – 2007
Drama

I didn’t think I was going to like There Will Be Blood. I figured it would be one of those movies that seem to be very well made, but just aren’t entertaining at all. I thought, “how exciting can a movie about oil in the early 1900s really be?”…luckily, I was surprised at how entertaining it was.

This movie is entertaining for one reason and one reason only: Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays oil tycoon Daniel Plainview. I expected Plainview to be a cliche businessman who doesn’t care about the lives of his workers and only cares about money…and while there is part of him that is like that, he’s a much more complex character. Whenever Plainview is speaking, he is very entertaining — and it’s a good thing that he has a lot of lines in this movie. Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for Best Actor for this role, and it was well deserved.

As much as I liked Daniel Day-Lewis, I hated Paul Dano as Eli (who probably gets the 2nd-most screentime of any character). Eli plays a preacher…but not just any preacher; he plays the most annoying preacher I have ever seen ever. I’m not sure if Eli was supposed to be the “good guy”, but I certainly hope not. Whenever Daniel Plainview said or did something to make Eli look like a moron, I laughed. I could not stand Eli.

One more thing — the music in this film is unique. I feel mixed about it. Sometimes, the music really adds to the drama and it’s used well. Other times, the music does nothing but hurt my ears.

If some of the problems were fixed, this could’ve easily been a 9.5 or 10 from me…but I can’t overlook those problems.

Score = 8/10

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