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Random thoughts on There Will Be Blood

* "I, drink, your, milkshake!" Now I get it. (I'd managed not to hear anything about its context until seeing the film. I only knew that writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson had taken the bit from the transcript of a 1920s government hearing.)

* Starkly beautiful. I appreciate places that have stark beauty, and the bits of Texas and California the crew used fit that bill. (George W. Bush also likes stark places, like Crawford, Texas; wow, one thing he and I have in common!)

* Maybe my favorite moment? The wedding. I like weddings. Maybe I should have one.

* Kevin J. O'Connor seems to have gotten a Michael Biehn infusion. (I'm more familiar with O'Connor from Deep Rising -- yes, I actually liked Deep Rising, and by "liked" I mean "was darkly, darkly amused, especially by the last line" -- and The Mummy; nice that he got something more substantial here.)

* There Will Be Blood succeeds in conveying a type of melodrama similar to what Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York tried and failed to do. Gangs of New York is, I feel, ultimately too confused a film to work (its year of re-editing at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, I also think, hurt it further). As modern and cutting-edge as the filmmaking technology and skill is in both films, Blood manages to feel of its turn-of-the-century era; Gangs feels like the huge set-bound exercise it was. Scorcese's cast (as good as it is) feels like actors dressed up; Anderson's cast feels like people, with all sorts of faces you don't usually see in movies. Gangs's tone is inconsistent; Blood's is consistent.

* I left the film feeling a little sad and affected. Another sign the film succeeded.

* Good film. I said that already, but wanted to be sure this review said it, too.

Comments

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theloriest
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Agreed with everything you wrote.
chris_walsh
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I will refrain from editing the post to add all sorts of lunatic extra opinions to make it appear you agree with those, too...
greyaenigma
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Holy how -- I didn't even recognize O'Connor.

And Deep Rising was great.
chris_walsh
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
I began my Deep Rising review with "For all of you who saw Anaconda and won't admit it, here's another film to watch and then avoid mentioning..."

I preferred Deep Rising's R-rated ridiculousness to the (I thought) rather neutered ridiculousness of Sommers's The Mummy, though The Mummy Returns did regain some of my goodwill (plus Rachel Weicz looked far hotter in the sequel than in the first one, I'd say). Plus, hey, it has Famke Janssen being both gorgeous and funny. I described her as "a highly fine specimen of female humanity." And how can you not like that last line??!!
greyaenigma
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
I can't remember the last line!

Actually, I've never quite forgiven that movie for killing off Leila. Boo! I think Mummy is my favorite of the three.
chris_walsh
Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
"NOW what??!!!"
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