Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage) There Will Be Blood (opening January 11 at AMC Mission Valley and on January 18 at Landmarks La Jolla Village Theaters) is not the film fans of Paul Thomas Anderson may be expecting but it's a film that should please them nonetheless. The filmmaker who gave us Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love now turns to an 80-year-old Upton Sinclair novel called Oil! as inspiration for his epic tale of greed and ambition.
Upton Sinclair was famed for his muckraking expose The Jungle , and for the socialist agenda he often put forth in his novels. In freely adapting Oil! , Anderson leaves the socialism and muckraking behind but holds on to Sinclair's theme of the corrupting power of money and capitalism. This also marks the first time Anderson has not penned an original screenplay from which to direct.
January 17, 2008 at 09:24 PM
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January 21, 2008 at 06:33 PM
I didn't like There Will Be Blood. It was too pompous and self-important. Daniel Day-Lewis is good, but not great. His performance is all gravelly voice and aristocratic cadence. Check out my own review of this movie at: http://cinemoose.com