(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
There Will Be Blood
SW SCORE: 34
3.4 out of 5 🐙
This was the last watchable movie Paul Thomas Anderson directed. Since then he has offered sagging, myopic, depressing, and pretentious films. The magic he had in Boogie Nights must have been some pact with the devil because it was his one great movie. Daniel Day-Lewis was excellent, as always. But the rest of this western “noir” was a very old story told with an unusual ending. Nothing against the original Upton Sinclair novel. But it wouldn’t be the first time an adaptation has failed to live up to the source material. Deadwood did it much, much better. But to be fair, they had 3 seasons. Still, I’d rather watch any Deadwood episode than watch this again. Not that 3.4 octopuses is a bad score! Don’t misunderstand me. I just would rate EVERY Deadwood episode to be 4.0 or above.
Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)
Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)