Monday, 9 August 2010

There Will Be Blood - DVD - 9/8/10




acting is a very serious business and it requires one to BE ABLE TO CONVEY EMOTION and to totally immerse oneself in the role ONE IS PLAYING TO THE POINT OF ACTUALLY BECOMING THAT PERSON

OK, OK, OK...we get it Daniel.

You are a SERIOUS actor.

You are a really intense guy.

Look how "quirky" you are...mending shoes in an Italian village and being the ultimate method actor.

A lot of people really enjoy Daniel Day Lewis...they think the fact that you can tell he is acting is something to be admired.

It isn't.

The real talent is being able to make people believe that what is happening on screen is real...even if what is happening on screen is outrageous, fanciful and fantastic. Or, if the role is something darker and more real to convince the audience that they are being afforded access to the character, a window into their life and soul.

Day Lewis doesn't do that.

He wants everyone to know that he is acting.

He shouts.

He twitches.

He limps.

He rolls his eyes.

He grows facial hair.

He is irritating.

I had managed to avoid this film for a long time but gave in after being urged to take a look by a friend who really loves it.

That friend is now no longer my friend...I don't have enough room in my life for people who mistake this sort of hysterical, overblown tosh for anything even approximating art or entertainment. I fell asleep after the opening thirty minutes at a point when Day Lewis was roaring about something and woke up with thirty minutes to go with Day Lewis roaring about something else.

Trust me, there are better ways to spend your time and money than this.

Go away Daniel.

Go away.

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