"Aren't you a healer, and a vessel for the holy spirit? When are you coming over and make my son hear again? Can't you do that?"
First of all, I had given this an 8 when I first saw it. What the hell was I smoking? Day-Lewis pulls a powerhouse performance in as Paul Dano is fantastic as a self-obsessed preacher. The script is amazing and this movie is just as a whole something to be put into the top-5 of the 00s. What is the driving force behind There Will Be Blood is that Daniel Plainview is one of the most fascinating characters in cinematic history. The film deals with this socially and perhaps emotionally misadept man trying to deal with the society structure of our world while reaping the benefits from his cold-hearted nature and ability to exploit anything that can be exploited. He can't help himself in the sense that he does love making money. Plainview is so obsessed with his oil-business that in one scene his son might be permanently braindamaged but he wants to solve a catastrophe in his oil field instead of seeing to his son. He later tries to make up for it, but at this point it's already too late. The father-son bond has been severed by his lust for oil, money and fame. He realises this and tries fixing it but eventually gives up. He eventually gives up everything. By the end all emotion except bitter hatred is just gone from his life and what is left is a sad example of a loving father who fell into darkness.
EDIT: Watched this the second time during the year to get some feelgood christmas spirit.