Monday, November 05, 2007

There Will Be Blood- Movie Monday

I'm a huge fan of P.T. Anderson's films, especially Magnolia. His new movie, There Will Be Blood is coming out near the end of the year and it looks to be another exceptional work by Mr. Anderson.

A synopsis of the movie:

A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is set on the incendiary frontier of California’s turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner raising a son on his own into a self-made oil tycoon. When Plainview gets a mysterious tip-off that there’s a little town out West where an ocean of oil is oozing out of the ground, he heads with his son, H.W. (Dillon Freasier), to take their chances in dust-worn Little Boston. In this hardscrabble town, where the main excitement centers around the holy roller church of charismatic preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), Plainview and H.W. make their lucky strike. But even as the well raises all of their fortunes, nothing will remain the same as conflicts escalate and every human value – love, hope, community, belief, ambition and even the bond between father and son – is imperiled by corruption, deception and the flow of oil.

There Will Be Blood is based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil! I tried to read Oil! in anticipation of this movie but only made it about 1/3 of the way through. Not a fan of the book. From the trailer it appears that Anderson has changed the story around quite a bit and I'm confident that he will improve upon the source material.

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead has composed all new original music for the film, which I'm excited to hear. Apparently the first 20 minutes of the movie is virtually dialogue free, with Anderson's visuals and Greenwood's score. Yummy.

You can see the trailer here.

You can read an interview with director Anderson and composer Greenwood here.



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