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There Will Be Blood

I just finally finished watching There Will Be Blood. Odd movie. Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis was formidable, but despite all the paralleling of brother relationships, despite the imperfect Cain and Abel motif, despite the lovely cinematography, I found it ponderous and strange. I think it was meant to be that -- there's no redemption for this character, and no agent to put down the dominant, mad alpha dog. Control and submission are the goals of the two major players, and neither of them are likable fellows. The movie denies us closeness with Plainview's adopted son, a character for whom we might feel pity, with a sudden jump forward in years and a quick tying-off of that storyline.

I don't know. To me, it seemed to be trying a bit too hard.

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mumpish
May. 21st, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
I thought it was mighty strange as well. The long open with no dialog, just creepy, atmospheric score sets the tone, and you never release that tension for the next two hours. I feel about it a lot like I did about No Country for Old Men, in that it was compelling and watchable but at the end I felt completely unfulfilled.
pointedview
May. 22nd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
You know, we really do agree quite a lot on movies. Any disparities generally come from you noticing something that I hadn't considered, but then am like, "Huh, well, yeah ... yeah." :)

I still need to see No Country for Old Men. I notice that Netflix is streaming it, but 11:40 pm is no time to start it. Wish they'd add a feature to the queue to sort movies by running length. That would be tremendously helpful for the Instant options -- to decide you want to see something on the spur of the moment, but maybe need it to be shorter, rather than longer.
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