I saw this movie a month or so ago, and I got lazy, but it’s still in theaters if you want to see it, and you should.
Paul Thomas Anderson, director of such gems as Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and Boogie Nights, has become back from drawing board after years of waiting. He has returned with this gem, and it is a gem.
I can proclaim, with complete faith, that this movie was the second best film I saw in 2007. It is a distant second to No Country For Old Men, but for me, everything is. Daniel Day-Lewis plays is freakin amazing. This is no exception, Oscar obviously felt that way as well when they handed him the hardware a couple nights ago, well deserved.
DDL plays Daniel Plainview, an oil man, with large ambitions to say the least. Plainview move in on a small unsuspecting town in central California with dreams of glory and an ambition that can not be matched. This film, based on the book, Oil!, by Upton Sinclair, is based on a true story. Plainview is a fascinating character with qualities you’ll admire and loathe.
This might be Paul Thomas Anderson’s best directed film, but that could be said for any of his films. PTA exhibits a young talent that will be making quality films for decades, no matter how many years are inbetween each….no matter how annoying that may be…….. Keep an eye out for the long tracking shot with the car, you’ll see.
Lastly, the score–composed by Radiohead lead guitarist Johnny Greenwood, is phenomenal, it creates a tension and mood that I hadn’t felt because of music in a long time.
All in all a great experience and a great film. It’s 2 hours and 40 minutes long, but don’t let that fool you….ok let it… Some may think this is a bit long, it’s a pretty long film I suppose and slow moving, but I didn’t think it felt like that long…