March 26, 2010

There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: An oil mogul finds a new forage in a US small town and builds a fortune.

HOW IT IS: Anderson's movies are always interesting for their propensity to elans of grandeur. This movie methodically depicts the rise of this fictional character, from modest beginnings to rich mogul. I enjoyed it less than Anderson's previous efforts, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. Nevertheless, There Will Be Blood, for me, works on two levels: the first, by exploring human greed and its ramifications on family and society; the second, as a reflection on the current energy crisis and our dependence on oil.

IF YOU LIKED: Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, Citizen Kane.