I finally did it! I watched my very first Daniel Day-Lewis film and I was not disappointed. I get it now. I understand all of the praise he receives now. I understand why he stands as the only actor with three Best Actor Oscars under his belt. In There Will Be Blood, Day-Lewis delivers one of the most powerful acting performances of all time. My main goal in watching the film was to at last see Daniel Day-Lewis act and I completely forgot said purpose once the film began rolling. Once in a while, my subconscious would kick in and shout that this was Day-Lewis onscreen, but its voice was drowned out by Day-Lewis' performance.
Admittedly, at first, I did not like or maybe just did not get the ending of the film. Yet, after a night's sleep and some time to ponder the film over, I have to say that it was the best way to end the film. It's a way to show how a man has reached his final point of deterioration. Everything in the film was leading up to that moment and it is really one of the film's best and most iconic scenes. There Will Be Blood has confirmed for me that both Day-Lewis and Anderson are deserving of the praise showered upon them. I cannot wait to obtain some of their other titles. Oh, one final point. People often compare There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men. I can see the similarities in their themes and while I do love No Country more, the fact remains that these two films are two of the best that I have ever seen. They're probably pretty close now in my ranking. They are both films that I can see myself falling in love with more and more after rewatches. There is more to be discovered in both films, more treasures to be unlocked, more oil to be brought to the surface.
Oh and this scene:
|Day-Lewis is having none of your shit Dano|
reminded me of this:
|Batman is having none of your shit Robin|