Review – There Will Be Blood

red starred starred starred star

I was treated to a viewing of There Will Be Blood on my recent trip to Washington, and I must admit, my initial reaction was pretty negative. I complained about the actors, the plot, and even sarcastically offered to get my friend’s money back for her. The funny thing was, when talking about the movie in the days & weeks afterward, the first thing out of my mouth was “It was really good.” And I meant it. Somehow, the whole thing had mellowed in my brain and I realized a few factors that had set me off initially.

  1. I sat behind The World’s Most Restless Woman. We were in an older theatre (none of that schmancy stadium seating), so I expected to deal with heads in my way – but this lady was all over the place. I spent 90% of the movie compensating for the ants in her pants, and that made me pretty cranky.
  2. I think I expected a completely different movie. Actually, I’m not sure what I expected, because I hadn’t read any reviews, watched any trailers – all I knew was “Daniel Day Lewis” and the promise of “Blood” in the title. For some reason I had the notion that it was going to be more brutal and more focused than it was. The exciting & violent parts were exciting, and violent, but they were paced out such that it broke the tension for me. I guess it would have helped to know that it was really The Story of a Man’s Life, and not about a single incident with a solid conclusion.

But, time heals all hissy fits, and I am now able to publicly admit the error of my ways. I would like to apologize to my fellow movie goers at The Guild on the night of the 8th for the scowl on my face as the house lights came up. Please contact Totalitarian Vegetables Customer Service for a free smile.



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