Yesterday I went to my first movie in four months–There Will Be Blood.
Note to self: sitting in a dark room in the afternoon is not a wise jet lag recovery tactic.
I don’t have much to add to the torrent of critical acclaim that the film has enjoyed. It’s an American masterpiece, brilliantly exploring two of the nation’s founding ‘isms’: capitalism and evangelism. The acting is spot-on, and Jonny Greenwood’s score is astonishing.
Was anybody else reminded of Apocalypse Now, another American masterpiece? There seem to be a lot of similarities:
- Both films have a dreamy, ephemeral quality.
- Both films feature the clashing of two egotists on the edge of madness. In both films, the clash is between a younger and an older man.
- Both films have violence at their centre.
- Both films’ characters are regularly drunk or high (on substances or religiosity).
- Though Apocalypse Now is obviously much more of a journey, both films are concerned with travel and motion. Much of There Will Be Blood happens in trains, cars and on horseback.
- Both films are epic in scope and duration.
Maybe that’s scant evidence. In part, I think I had a similar emotional reaction to the movies–they transported me in a similar way. What do you think?