There Will Be Blood


Review:  A story of family, oil, religion, madness and hatred, focusing on a turn-of-the-century that charts the rise of an oil prospector whose taste for oil changes his relationships with the people around him.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, Barry Del Sherman, Paul F. Tompkins, Dillon Freasier, Kevin Breznahan, Jim Meskimen, Randall Carver and Coco Leigh
Year: 2007
Genre: Drama
Conclusion: 5/5
Loosely based on the 1927 novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair. The film opens but there is no dialogue for about 20 minutes and there is just the soundtrack that does the storytelling for you. Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead does the soundtrack. Why he didn’t get an Oscar/Academy Award for the musical score I really don’t know. This is my ultimate favourite Paul Dano film. I thought he gave a magnificent performance and it is a performance that I will never forget. Also Daniel Day-Lewis gives an outstanding performance winning several awards. The actor accepted the role as he had been a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson’s previous film, Punch-Drunk Love (2002). When he got the part he worked on his role of Daniel Plainview for three years. This is filmed in the same area of Texas used by “No Country for Old Men” (2007). The themes in this is about fatherhood, family, faith and religion. The film was originally given a 12A rating in the U.K. for cinema exhibition, however, in a curious move, the distributors subsequently appealed to the British Board of Film Classification to consider raising the certificate. The B.B.F.C. agreed, and the film was subsequently uprated to a more restrictive 15. At the Academy Awards in 2008 this won 2 Oscars. They were for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Day-Lewis) and also Best Achievement in Cinematography. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2008 this won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Daniel Day-Lewis). At the Bafta Awards in 2008 this won for Best Leading Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). 


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