Paul Thomas Anderson
Kevin J. OíConnor
If any other actor had turned in the caliber performance that Daniel Day-Lewis gave here, I would easily say it was the performance of a lifetime. But since itís Lewis, Iím not even sure it was his best performance and I definitely wonít say heíll never match it again. Heís such a brilliant actor that this unbelievable performance is typical for him and I have no doubt heíll duplicate it several times before he retires. He wasnít the only bright spot. The cast all around did a fantastic job, although they couldnít help but be overshadowed by the great Daniel Day-Lewis.
Paul Thomas Anderson is one of my favorite directors working today and he gives us another great, but different film. I thoroughly enjoy his long shots and the fact he manages to get so much from his actors. In his previous films, he relied heavily on great dialogue, but with Blood, there actually wasnít much dialogue at all. Although it sounds clichť, the camera and the setting told a lot of the story.
If I have one complaint for the film, it comes with the score and the use of the score in the film. I thought they used intense music for scenes that werenít intense and then didnít use music where I thought there should have been. Itís a minor complaint, but it was distracting at times. As far as the film itself goes, I have to admit that I found myself getting bored at times. I hate to say that given the great performances from the cast and crew, but the film is slow and at over 2.5 hours, it feels a little long.
Deleted Scenes (10:18): These are three deleted/extended scenes that didnít really differ significantly from the film. The film would not have been impacted had these been left in. In fact, these were instantly forgettable and had they been put back into the film, I probably wouldnít even notice.
The Story of Petroleum (25:36): This is a black and white silent film that feels a lot like an informational commercial. Itís interesting only for the comparisons to the film, but a lot of that was shown in the above featurette. If youíre a history nut, this will probably appeal to you, but I didnít find it very interesting.
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