Throwback Film Review Thursday: There Will Be Blood (2007)

Welcome to another edition of Throwback Thursday. I know I said last week that this week’s movie would be baseball related, but I couldn’t find one I wanted to talk about, or haven’t talked about before. The Academy Awards were Sunday and Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’s newest film Phantom Thread was nominated for multiple awards. This made me want to go and watch There Will Be Blood, which was the last collaboration between the two.

I could do this whole review on just my love for Paul Thomas Anderson alone, with Boogie Nights, Magnolia and The Master being some of my favorite movies. I think it’s easy to say you can add There Will Be Blood to that list. PTA has such a unique style of directing his films, most of them being very long, with drawn out stories. The thing about his movies is though they are long they never get boring. He’s a great storyteller, his characters have so much depth and realism to them.


From scene to scene you are enthralled by Daniel Day-Lewis. Hailed as one of the greatest acting performances of all-time, DDL is mesmerizing. There Will Be Blood is a story about family, religion, oil, and insanity. Daniel Day-Lewis plays an oil prospector named Daniel Plainview. Once he’s asked to do a job he can’t turn down, he meets Eli Sunday, played masterfully by Paul Dano and from there you’re in for one of the best cinematic experiences you’ll ever have.

This movie is so much more than just amazing acting. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful by Robert Elswit, who won the Academy Award for achievement in Cinematography that year. The score composed by Jonny Greenwood makes every scene even more intense than it already is. Most importantly though, the adaption of the screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson. This movie is based off a book named Oil! by Upton Sinclair.


There Will Be Blood is a movie you have to experience at least once in your life. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two. Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Lead Actor and Robert Elswit for Cinematography. This is Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece. It’s a movie that gets better with every watch. It’s unfortunate that Day-Lewis has retired from acting because we’ll never get a performance like this out of him again. The bowling alley scene, the effing bowling alley scene. What a scene! It is a perfect example of just how amazing Day-Lewis is as an actor. “I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE! I DRINK IT UP!”

Paul Dano is an actor I absolutely love. His performance in this movie was probably his best until playing Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys in Love & Mercy. He is fantastic in this movie and holds his own with DDL. Just a side note, he is making his directorial debut this year in a movie called Wildlife, which I talked about in my Top 15 Most Anticipatied article. I’m very excited for that.

Overall if you can’t tell by now, I absolutely love this film. It is a two hour and forty minute movie but it never slows down or drags one bit. I would highly suggest you check out any of Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies. He’s a very special filmmaker.

Grade: A+

Alright, so far in the series I’ve done movies I love. That’s changing next week. Since Tomb Raider is coming out next week, I’m going back and revisiting Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. It’s going to be a fun one because that movie is pretty bad.

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