Before i start, I'd just like to say that i do respect this film a lot, and i do regard myself as a good movie fan, so please don't just dismiss me as an ignorant fool, just becuase i haven't given it 5 stars.
Firstly, the good stuff. Well for starters i like the setting. The Early America has always interested me as a fasicnating time, so i was over-joyed to hear There will be Blood is set in the time where 'Black Gold' starts turning ordinary americans into oil barons! Hoo-ray!
Secondly, and significantly, is the acting. Daniel Day Lewis is exceptional and definetly deserved his Oscar. The milkshake bit at the end was great! Also Paul Dano does a great job too, in spite of the fact that he has the much more powerful DDL with him most of the time. Also importantly, is the overall presentation and directing. PT Anderson clearly shows he is a dignified movie - maker, and this shines through as a top class picture! Brilliant!
HOWEVER. I love movies, and i always expect that a film must be enjoyable to watch. TWBB didn't really seem to do thsi for me. From the trailer i expected the scenes to be amazing, with a good script and acting, but the story didn't seem to do much, if I'm honest. I know this is what people will get annoyed at, but i was kind of boredm and left dissapointed that I wasn't as capitavted as led to believe. Personally, I prefered No Country for Old Men, as it has some pace and action to it, on top of all the things that make this film good.
Therefore, with regret, I could only give There Will Be Blood 3 stars, as i feel it rises way above some of the crap that is released in society today, but overall it wasn't that enjoyable. I understood the whole conflict between greed and humanity, epitomised at the end of the film, but that wasn't really enough for me.
Overall Presentation = 9 / 10
Acting = 9 / 10
Entertainement = 5 / 10