Yes, there was blood.
It would not be the type of film I would typically rave about, but I think it deserves a spot in my list of all-time favorite films. That’s how bloody good it is.
The setting (late 1800s-early 1900s, america, oil industry) reminded me of a subject from x years back: Econ 163 Game Theory, specifically the prisoner’s dilemma oil cartels case study. And it made me research about cartels again and Standard Oil. /geek
Back to the film!
I think more than anything, it was able to capture how capitalism breeds greed… And it showed fantastic personas who perfectly showcased this aspect of capitalism.
Some things I liked:
- That the plot revolved around a flawed, dysfunctional main persona (Daniel Plainview) and his greed for power and money (capitalists are outright greedy)
- And: Eli, the “prophet” who I think is greedy himself (preachers who are not outright greedy, but still are)
- And again film captured this tug of war for power
And the awesomer things:
- Acting. Like Daniel and Eli and everyone else are real.
- Audio. It was eerie, and it fit the film perfectly.
- Set design. Colors. Cinematography. Fucking! Breath-taking!
- The way the story was laid down. You just know the flow was well thought out off. Ex: Daniel’s oil drill “pitch” speech for the townsfolk was done twice. You wouldn’t understand it the first time, but you will the second time, after the film giving context. Then you would appreciate the first one more. (Do I make sense Hehe)
It’s a cool film. Watch it.
Link to the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3THVbr4hlY