A Pictorial History of the Movies: 2007 – There Will Be Blood
I knew this one when it happened. No Country for Old Men got all the acclaim and all of the Oscars, but There Will Be Blood felt more like the film that was going to stand the test of time.
2007 is a tough year for a list like this, because a lot of the major movies are all sequels and franchises. The highest grossing movies of the year were At World’s End, Order of the Phoenix and Spider-Man 3. Transformers was there, but let’s be serious. That didn’t define the year. Only if you’re the MTV Movie Awards did that define the year.
300 was intriguing, but that really was only big for a few months. It was popular, but didn’t define the movie year that was 2007.
Juno was an example that I almost went with, but I don’t think that defined the year at all. It just was a movie that, like 300, became a part of the culture for a little while. Superbad – ehh, not so much. There’s really nothing that jumps out at you.
So I split the difference and went, like I did with 2006, with the film that felt like it was gonna be the one that was remembered best from the year.
In my mind, this is Paul Thomas Anderson’s finest work. I think he might have peaked here. Of course, it’s possible to peak more than once. Martin Scorsese peaked twice, possibly three times. Kubrick was more of a home run hitter, and I think that’s the kind of filmography Anderson is going for.
Anyway, this movie is absolutely astounding. The performances, the writing, the directing, the cinematography, everything about it is absolutely perfect, and I can watch this movie over and over all the way through.
It’s incredible that this and No Country for Old Men were shooting just up the road from each other. To the point where, when they shot the sequence in the middle when the well catches fire, the smoke actually prevented No Country from filming the rest of that day because the smoke darkened the sky so much.
The real star of the film, of course, is Daniel Day-Lewis. You don’t have this movie without him. His performance puts a good movie into the realm of greatness. You just watch in awe as he becomes this character. Which, as we know, he does so often. But it’s absolutely astounding the way he manages to do it.
I just feel like the legacy this film is going to have is going to trump everything else from this year. I could be wrong, but this movie just feels like the right choice for 2007. Maybe we’re too close to truly judge. But we’re a week from being done with this list, so just give me this one.
Plus – “I drink your milkshake.” I’m pretty sure that line alone trumps most of 2007.