There Will Be Blood(shot) eyes if this melodrama goes on much longer
While I’m rooting for many of the 2007 films winning and/or vying for awards—among others, I loved Atonement, Juno, Sweeney Todd, and the lovely-scary Spanish film The Orphanage—I must admit: I completely disagree whenever I see There Will Be Blood listed on the ubiquitous “Best of 2007” lists. I thought the performances were histrionic, and the disjointed story about the rise of a California oil tycoon could have been told in far less than (an interminable) 2 hours and 40 minutes. Blood clearly had a far different impact on almost every reviewer I’ve come across (including EW’s own Lisa Schwarzbaum), yet I simply know that I enjoyed very little about it. (I felt the same disconnect back in 2000 when praise rained down on Joaquin Phoenix for what I thought was a laughably hammy—and ultimately Oscar-nominated—performance in Gladiator.)
I figure I can’t be alone on this one. Did There Will Be Blood leave any of you feeling cold? Or is there some other recent case of an allegedly excellent movie or performance turning you into Marian the Contrarian? Let’s hear about it!