It has a total of eight nominations in categories including best picture, best actor for Daniel Day Lewis and best director for Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson previously directed such critically acclaimed films as Magnolia and Boogie Nights.
The film's expansive storyline, is based off the Upton Sinclair novel, Oil!, and it follows Daniel Plainview, a self proclaimed "oil man" working in the American west around the turn of the century as he seeks his fortune. It tells the story how that search affects those around him, a cast of characters including his son, D.W., a long lost brother Plainview and a righteous young preacher played by Little Miss Sunshine's Paul Dano.
From the perspective of this reviewer, There Will Be Blood comes about as close to perfection as any movie in Hollywood's recent past. The performances, especially that of Lews, who delivers a typically powerful and convincing performance, are all impeccably acted and while Anderson's script is complex, it leaves us unsure about how we should feel about Plainvew, partly why the film is so intriguing.
Of course, no review of this film would be complete without mentioning the strikingly original score crafted by Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood, which lends a special quality to the film.
There Will Be Blood is still playing in theaters across the District, so if you haven't made it out to see it yet, there is still time. A definite must-see!
- Jason Levin