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There Will Be Blood
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Jun 23, 2008 By: Sturdy
There Will Be Blood order
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson

Actors:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Paul Dano
Kevin J. OíConnor

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In the late 1800ís, a man strikes oil while apparently looking for gold. What follows is a dark journey towards his inevitable wealth as he battles all types of demons, inside and out.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
At the risk of being blasphemous, the closest movie I can compare THERE WILL BE BLOOD to is CITIZEN KANE. Obviously, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is not one of the best movies of all time, but like Kane, it follows a man hell bent on achieving wealth and acceptance in the world, regardless of the costs. Also like Kane, when itís done, you marvel at how great the performances were and what a great job the director did, but you also realize youíll probably never want to see it again.

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.
THE EXTRAS
15 Minutes (15:36): This was probably the best way to make a ďfeaturetteĒ without putting any effort into it at all. Itís 15 minutes of real-life old photos compared to the scenes in the film. It was interesting for about 2 minutes and then it got old.

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.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I think you have to see THERE WILL BE BLOOD for the amazing performance of Daniel Day-Lewis, but donít count on this being one you can watch over and over. Itís a long, slow movie that doesnít really lend itself to repeat viewings. I would recommend giving this a rental before purchasing.
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