I’ve watched this murky teaser trailer for There Will Be Blood, the latest movie from Magnolia guy Paul Thomas Anderson, a couple times now, and I don’t know what to think of it. The whole thing’s obviously a little strange. As a considerable fan of P.T. — Boogie Nights, IMHO, is the second-best movie of the 90s, after Pulp Fiction, and Magnolia could conceivably squeak in on the list of that decade’s top ten or twenty — I’ve been itching to see this movie ever since was announced. We don’t know that much about it yet, except that it’s adapted from Oil!, a novel by Upton Sinclair, who wrote The Jungle, and it stars Daniel Day-Lewis as an old-fashioned oil prospector.
And after watching the trailer, I still don’t know that much about it. No matter. I’m gonna see this ASAP, anyway. (Most sources say it’s gonna open in November.) P.T. could’ve posted footage of Daniel Day-Lewis doing the Charleston with monkeys in hula skirts and I’d still give him a pass. He hasn’t made a movie since 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love; let’s get excited! That said, the one minute and twenty-three seconds we get here plays very Terrence Malick-y, don’t you think? One other thing to note is that the only other real name in the cast is Little Miss Sunshine’s Paul Dano; guess that must be him at the 1:01 mark, huh? Looks different. Your thoughts, PopWatchers?