You’d have to say it’s a masterpiece in character-based film. I can’t think of a single scene that Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t in and the character he portrays is just fantastic; mesmerising and memorable. Ruthless and driven, walking the tightrope between business success and insanity. The cinematography and soundtrack (Johnny Greenwood) are also brilliant and make you feel entirely immersed in the frontier west world. The soundtrack in particular complements the images perfectly without detracting from them or trying to dictate the mood in a heavy-handed manner.
The ending gives the film the final maniacal sucker punch that complements the previous couple of hours perfectly as well as being hilarious – it takes the reasonably restrained story to it’s natural conclusion, drawing a line under the narrative and tying it up nicely
5 on 5
Director – Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring – Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier
UK Release – 15 February 2008