It's late, the Oscar season is over. But with There Will Be Blood out on DVD this Tuesday, and No Country already out, it's time to review these two gems again. Was the best movie of the year really No Country for Old Men? Did There Will Be Blood get shafted?
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I liked TWBB better than NCFOM, but they were both very good. I gave them both 9's in the movie thread. As to which one was better, well I really couldn't say because it really depends on your definition of better. For the Oscar people, I think NCFOM met most of their criteria.
No Country is a better film. It has more of a plot and a better story IMO. TWBB is a better movie in terms of acting. I liked both, but I loved No Country and thought TWBB was a very good. My choice is No Country.
You have no frame of reference, Donny. You're like a child who walks into the middle of a movie...
daniel day lewis has to be in conversations for the greatest individual performance by an actor but i wasn't a huge fan of the movie as a whole. i found no country for old men to be fantastic on pretty much every level
I liked No Country For Old Men better, but I had also read the book before the film and thought it was a great adaptation of it. There Will Be Blood is brilliant as well, as Daniel Day-Lewis really had the oilman character down pat, but found it to be one of those same old morality tale of sorts which seemed to turn me off a bit in comparison to NCFOM, which I found was great and better because it was cat-and-mouse adventure. It's really subjective as to what you think is better, but they're both fine films...and the titles of the films are the cherries on top.
IMO, the only thing that keeps There Will Be Blood from being better than No Country is the casting of Paul Dano. He just doesn't do it for me in that final scene, looks way too young. But I think the acting and cinematography are much much better in TWBB. Can't wait to buy the 2-disc Special Edition on Tuesday.
Semi-related to this topic, but I think a lot of people would agree that 2007 was a great year for movies (compared to most this decade). What films from this year do you think will be looked back upon as classics in the future? There are 4-5 that stick out in my mind.
There Will Be Blood No Country for Old Men Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford I'm Not There Zodiac (sleeper, I just think this is such a well done movie, and the reason David Fincher will win Best Picture for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)