I won’t lie to you … this movie about the early days of oil prospecting was a little boring.
Yes, the filming was gorgeous. Yes, the score was bone-chilling. Yes, the mix of subtle and over-the-top acting was beyond phenomenal. But, the story, well, the story was rather by the book (no pun intended). I’d describe this movie as many calms before few storms. Yes, there were rare moments of true tension and great suspense, but in the end, not all that much took place. The climax was rather … anti-climatic.
I did, however, enjoy the juxtaposition of the endless greed of an oil tycoon and the comparable lust for power by the preacher man. I thought those two characters, while so similar, were perfect foils for one another.
And, of course, Daniel Day-Lewis was mesmerizing, as always. Simply watching him transform every being of his person into the character he played made the movie worthwhile. Otherwise, though, I’m afraid I can’t say I’d recommend this film to the mainstream viewing audience.