Review: `Blood’ Is Anderson’s Epic

January 5, 2008 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

Someday, we’re probably going to look back at “There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic about greed, lies, manipulation and insanity, and call it his masterpiece.

Which is incredible because, except for the inescapable intensity, it’s nothing like his previous films; if Anderson’s name weren’t on it, you’d never know it was his. It’s thrilling to see him reinvent himself this way, applying his formidable directing talents in a totally different fashion.

Gone are the film-school tricks he made his name with in “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” (and this critic loved those movies). Anderson has moved out of contemporary L.A. and away from the histrionics of the carefully orchestrated ensembles he set there. He now seems more interested in storytelling and character development.

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