Here at the Lobby, and on many other film sites, movie endings have been a recent hot topic. Great movies with disappointing endings. Vague endings that lack closure. Endings changed in the transition from book to film.
Next grist for the mill: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ballsy, bizarre
There Will Be Blood. I’ve always appreciated Anderson’s movies more after repeated viewings — Magnolia especially – and I hope this too will be the case. As much as I enjoy the movie’s wicked dialogue, grave style and incredible performances, the ending just seems inconsistent. A slightly outlandish, non-climactic wrap-up that doesn’t really fit. (Maybe I’ll think differently when I see it again?)
So much of There Will Be Blood‘s first two acts take place outdoors, as Daniel Day-Lewis’ obsessed oil baron builds his empire literally by hand. His final bow in the film, decades after we first meet him, occurs indoors — perhaps too limiting for a figure of such enormous size. Even if his ridiculous mansion is big enough to house a bowling alley.
I think Anderson’s intersection of commerce and faith deserves something better.
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