Sunday, January 6, 2008
There Will Be Nods
Saw "There Will Be Blood" today, an enormous disappointment. I certainly was "pumped" (so to speak) for it, as it is very loosely based on the novel "Oil!" by Upton Sinclair, someone I've written an entire book about. And I know a good deal about Southern California history of that period. But after a great first 90 minutes, and an amazing performance by Daniel Day-Lewis (you may have heard), it goes completely off the rails in the final hour, and with an ending that even some of its admirers feel is horrendous. Director Anderson continues his overrated career (even "Boogie Nights" went awry in its second half), all too typical of "serious" American filmmakers today.
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