The Keith & the Movies Valhalla is a place of tribute for those movies that I hold in the highest regard. These are films that embody everything that is great about motion pictures. These are the best of the best – movies that I truly love and that stand above the rest. There are many great movies that won’t find their way into these sacred halls. But here you will find those films that I believe personify brilliance in filmmaking, storytelling, and entertainment. These glorious 5 star accomplishments are worthy of special recognition as the very best. Ok, enough of the high drama! In other words, these are my favorite movies of all time, ok?
For me, no movie is driven by a more brilliant and quite frankly perfect performance than Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood”. From the moment Daniel Day-Lewis appears on screen Anderson’s grimy period vision begins to flourish before out eyes. Day-Lewis’ work here is mesmerizing and a prime example of why he is our greatest working actor today. Channeling his best John Huston voice, Day-Lewis stunningly portrays one of the most vile yet compelling movie characters ever. I can’t imagine any working actor being able to pull it off so well.
But while the lead performance is the true highlight for me, there is more to love about “There Will Be Blood” than just that. Anderson’s script is crisp and razor sharp and it gives Day-Lewis plenty to chew on. I also love all the things that bring this region specific period picture to life from the flawless cinematography to the unnerving score. Paul Thomas Anderson puts together an amazing motion picture experience that I can watch over and over. For me it’s clearly Anderson’s best film. But I’ll go even further. It’s one of my favorite films of all time so its place in the Valhalla is well deserved. What a gem!
“There Will Be Blood” is the sixth inductee into the Keith & the Movies Valhalla. But there are more amazing movies to come in the near future so stay tuned. What are your thoughts on this Paul Thomas Anderson new classic? Is it worth the accolades it’s received or is it an overrated picture? What about the performance of Daniel Day-Lewis? You now know my opinion. I’d love to hear yours. Please take time to share your comments below.