Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Movie Tuesday: There Will Be Blood
February, 2008, sitting at KCI awaiting my plane, then on to Denver and through to San Francisco (very fitting) , I viewed my favorite movie through the tiny screen of my Zune for the first time. At the recommendation of my boss/friend, he said it was a good movie, so I got it from Netflix and loaded it up for my trip. I had no idea what kind of movie awaited me, which is rare. I was surprised beyond belief. The movie strikes on all levels, writing, directing, locations, score, and above all else, offering Daniel Day Lewis a platform for providing his best performance, and in my opinion one of the best performances in a movie period. I was drawn into the history and the story of early oil prospectors. The story involves Daniel Plainview, a caricature of several oil men of the turn of the 20th century, and his journey from gold mining to being a highly successful oil man. Truly, the story is a hit because it echoes something that is important to me. No matter how much we can pursue something on this earth, we will always be empty. The fact that this man was filled only with beating everyone else, left him more empty than those around him. The leap I make is that you can’t find happiness and success without the Lord. One of the antagonists in the story is that of a charismatic religious figure, Eli. He also shows that religion and show can provide an equally empty life. The climax of the movie involves Daniel Plainview tricking Eli into saying that he is a false prophet and God is a superstition. Eli complies with the hope of financial gain, revealing his lack of faith. The dialogue of the movie and acting of Day Lewis is brilliant as we see Plainview’s emptiness get filled with a self admitted bitterness. In the end, he even ostracizes the only one that did love him. He also kills Eli as his own emptiness is mirrored in that of Eli, thus killing the part of himself he hates the most, but is tragically all that he has become. As a side note, this movie was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, whose break through movie was Boogie Nights. This movie in use of language and adult subjects is the antithesis of Boogie Nights. This is a must watch movie.
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