This afternoon I trekked to the cinema to see There Will Be Blood, and must say that I don’t recall ever seeing a performance so flamboyant and scenery-chewing, yet so absolutely incredibly human, as Daniel Day Lewis in the role of Daniel Plainview. Imagine Orson Welles (as Charles Foster Kane) and James Dean (as Jett Rink) being channeled by John Huston and you will have an idea of what to expect – if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m getting at.
Even though Paul Dano screams like Arnold Stang (Ray the grease monkey) in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, I loved this “milk shake” scene (before its violent and disturbing climax), and there are so many amazing moments in this movie. Did you notice that it wasn’t until about 15 minutes into the film that a word of dialogue is spoken? And the filmmakers did a great job of making their Texas locations look like central California in the early 20th century.