There Will Be Blood
Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Dano, and Dillon Freasier
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch Drunk Love)
Rated R for some violence
Appropriate for ages 15+
Available April 8, 2008 on Single DVD and 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD
Upon first seeing this film about a turn-of-the-century oilman fighting with the church in the theater, I didn’t know how to take it. I have to admit that for several days, I didn’t like it. Many aspects bugged me. Sure, Daniel Day Lewis turns in one of the greatest performance ever seen on a big screen, but between the downer of an ending and the disonant music by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, it was a hard film to stomach. Then, after a few days and even weeks, the film started growing on me. There are so many facets that hit you long after the credits roll. I had to see it again, and the second time – I found a new appreciation for it. I found myself wanting to study it and now, after several viewings, I can truly say that I absolutely love this remarkable film. It’s not an easy pic to watch, but it is very rewarding. The extras on the second disc aren’t great. There is a 1920’s silent film about oil production with Greenwood’s score playing in the background, and a couple of deleted scenes (which you can catch on the internet), but probably not enough to warrant purchasing the 2-disc set.