History Film / ThereWillBeBlood

8th Apr '17 6:29:25 AM Silverblade2
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Despite much difficulty during the drilling, [[spoiler:including H.W.'s injury and resulting deafness; Daniel's humiliating baptism at the hands of Eli; and the ''long'' process of building an oil pipeline to avoid shipping costs (which is more dramatic -- and traumatic -- than it sounds), Daniel pulls it off and makes a fortune. But by the end of the movie, it is clear that [[MoralEventHorizon his morality has completely eroded]], and has been dissolving throughout the film.]]
24th Jan '17 5:30:06 AM YellowLab
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* BadassBoast: Daniel does an epic one while chasing a helpless, panicking Eli through the final bowling alley-scene.

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* BadassBoast: Daniel does an epic one while chasing a helpless, panicking Eli through in the final closing bowling alley-scene.
24th Jan '17 5:28:49 AM YellowLab
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--> "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! III AM THE THIIIRD REVELATION! ''IIII AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"

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--> "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! III I AM THE THIIIRD REVELATION! ''IIII AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"
24th Jan '17 5:20:29 AM YellowLab
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* BadassBoast: Daniel does an epic one while chasing a helpless, panicking Eli through the bowling alley.
--> "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! I AM THE THIRD REVELATION! ''IIII AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"

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* BadassBoast: Daniel does an epic one while chasing a helpless, panicking Eli through the final bowling alley.
alley-scene.
--> "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! I III AM THE THIRD THIIIRD REVELATION! ''IIII AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"
24th Jan '17 5:17:28 AM YellowLab
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--> "I AM THE THIRD REVELATION!"

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--> "I "Did you think that your song and dance and superstition would help you, Eli!? I am the third revelation. I am who the Lord has chosen. I am smarter than you! I'm older! I am not a false prophet, you sniffling boy! I AM THE THIRD REVELATION!"REVELATION! ''IIII AM THE THIRD REVELATION!'' I told you I would eat you! I told you I would eat you up!"
24th Jan '17 5:07:01 AM YellowLab
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* BadassBoast: Daniel does an epic one while chasing a helpless, panicking Eli through the bowling alley.
--> "I AM THE THIRD REVELATION!"
23rd Jan '17 11:44:44 AM gjjones
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* JerkAss: Daniel, though Eli isn't much better.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Daniel, though Eli isn't much better.
17th Jan '17 9:16:10 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* KarmaHoudini: Paul sells out his own family's fortunes for $500, skips town and is never seen again.



* LargeHam: Who do you think? Daniel is the very ''definition'' of this trope. More memorable scenes include Daniel [[spoiler: murdering his impostor half-brother]], yelling with a napkin over his head in a posh restaurant, [[spoiler: killing Eli]], [[spoiler: "disowning" his son and taunting him for being a]] '''"bastard from a basket!"''' and of course the ''"I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!!"'' lines, along with the visual acting out of the analogy. (''*slurrrrp!*'')

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* LargeHam: Who do you think? Daniel is the LargeHam:
** Daniel, in spite of being
very ''definition'' stiff and reserved much of this trope. More memorable the time, occasionally breaks into mania. Memorable scenes include Daniel [[spoiler: murdering his impostor half-brother]], yelling with a napkin over his head in a posh restaurant, [[spoiler: killing Eli]], [[spoiler: "disowning" his son and taunting him for being a]] '''"bastard from a basket!"''' and of course the ''"I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!!"'' lines, along with the visual acting out of the analogy. (''*slurrrrp!*'')



** Daniel is kind to the youngest Sunday daughter and ensures that she is no longer beaten by her father Abel for not praying. However, it's unclear whether he does this to benefit the daughter or simply to dominate the father.

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** Daniel is kind to the youngest Sunday daughter and ensures that she is no longer beaten by her father Abel for not praying. However, it's unclear whether he does this his motive is unclear. He could be purely altruistic to benefit the daughter daughter, or simply it could be a favor to his son (who brought it up to him), or it could clearly be to dominate the father.
17th Jan '17 9:10:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** H.W. is never given a full name, because Daniel never sees him as a complete person.

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** Daniel only ever refers to his son as H.W. Using initials in place of one's first name is never given a full name, because an old-timey custom used primarily by adult professionals (and is still popular with authors). Daniel never sees uses his son as the face of his brand, referring to him as a complete person.his "partner." Therefore, H.W.'s identity is founded on his value to Daniel's business.
15th Jan '17 11:22:41 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheAlcoholic: Daniel.

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* TheAlcoholic: Daniel.Daniel is constantly shown swigging whiskey. One his the first scenes is him pouring whiskey into a baby bottle and offering it to the infant H.W., having no idea how to parent. Several scenes begin with him being awoken from a drunken stupor. When the final holdout offers to lease his land to Daniel on the condition that he repent his sin, he's talking about his drinking.



** Daniel is kind to the youngest Sunday daughter and ensures that she is no longer beaten by her father for not praying. However, even this act of kindness could be a tainted act for Daniel. While asking the girl if her father still hits her, Daniel's glance at said father suggests a motive of dominance.
** One of the main points of the movie is just how much H.W. is or is not a PetTheDog / MoralityPet for Plainview. In their final confrontation Plainview tells H.W. that he was exactly this: Daniel adopted H.W. because he believed posing as a family man would help him talk people into selling their oil rights to him. Yet the movie seems to suggest that Daniel did in fact love his son as much as he could love anything. Note the embrace when H.W. comes back from school, or Daniel's rage when his parenting skills are questioned, or Daniel's anguished "I abandoned my boy" when Eli makes him confess in front of the congregation. Most poignant is the quick flashback at the end, after Daniel has disowned H.W., when we see affectionate moments between father and son, followed by Daniel drinking heavily. He may not care about H.W anymore, but this certainly suggests he ''used'' to and is upset to the point of (further) madness that he doesn't any longer.
** When H.W loses his hearing, Daniel's frantic questions of where he got hurt, and that he has to tell them if his head got damaged, his fear looks genuine. While it's true that he then seems more concerned with the oil than H.W's health (calmly replying "No, he isn't" when someone asks if H.W is OK), that moment suggests that he does care to the fullest extent that someone like him is able to.

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** Daniel is kind to the youngest Sunday daughter and ensures that she is no longer beaten by her father Abel for not praying. However, even it's unclear whether he does this act of kindness could be a tainted act to benefit the daughter or simply to dominate the father.
** Daniel shows genuine affection and concern
for Daniel. While asking the girl if her father still hits her, Daniel's glance his son at said father suggests a motive number of dominance.
** One of the main
points of in the movie film. The first is just how much when he smiles while the infant H.W. is or is not a PetTheDog / MoralityPet for Plainview. In their final confrontation Plainview tells plays with his mustache. He's frantic with concern when H.W. that is injured, running to rescue him and then carrying him to safety. Even when he was exactly this: abandons him, Daniel adopted H.W. because he believed posing as a family man would help him talk people into selling their oil rights to him. Yet the movie seems to suggest that Daniel did in fact love his son as much as he could love anything. Note the embrace when H.W. comes back from school, or Daniel's rage when his parenting skills are questioned, or Daniel's anguished "I abandoned my boy" when Eli makes him confess in front of the congregation.is wracked with remorse and guilt. Most poignant is the quick flashback at the end, after Daniel has disowned H.W., when we see affectionate moments between father and son, followed by Daniel drinking heavily. He may not care about H.W anymore, but this certainly suggests he ''used'' to and is upset to the point of (further) madness that he doesn't any longer.
** When H.W loses his hearing, Daniel's frantic questions of where he got hurt, and that he has to tell them if his head got damaged, his fear looks genuine. While it's true that he then seems more concerned with the oil than H.W's health (calmly replying "No, he isn't" when someone asks if H.W is OK), that moment suggests that he does care to the fullest extent that someone like him is able to.
longer.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[MemeticMutation "I! DRINK! YOUR! MILKSHAKE!"]]

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[MemeticMutation "I! DRINK! YOUR! MILKSHAKE!"]]MILKSHAKE!"



* PyrrhicVillainy: Daniel, though unbelievably rich, gave up what morals he had, disowned his son, lives in isolation, is hated by most everyone, and kills a few people in the timeline of the movie.
** Of course, being rich enough to be completely alone was what he claimed to want all along, but we repeatedly see he still wanted a family and took their perceived "betrayals" with crippling pain and frustration.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The milkshake speech is this, combined with some general EvilGloating.
** "You're just the afterbirth that ''slithered'' out on your mother's ''filth''! They should have put you in a ''glass jar'' on the mantlepiece. Stop crying you sniveling ass! Stop your nonsense!"

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* PyrrhicVillainy: Daniel, though unbelievably rich, gave up Daniel states that his goal is to make enough money to build a giant house and live away from everybody. This is exactly what morals he had, disowned does, but he doesn't enjoy his son, lives in isolation, is hated by most everyone, and kills a few people in the timeline of the movie.
** Of course, being rich enough to be completely alone was what he claimed to want all along, but we repeatedly see he still wanted a family and took their perceived "betrayals" with crippling pain and frustration.
having become alienated (at best) from everyone we've seen him care about.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The milkshake speech is this, combined with some general EvilGloating.
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EvilGloating. "You're just the afterbirth that ''slithered'' out on your mother's ''filth''! They should have put you in a ''glass jar'' on the mantlepiece. Stop crying you sniveling ass! Stop your nonsense!"



* SinisterMinister: Eli Sunday is obsessed with his church, and is probably just as power-hungry as Daniel. The weird part is that, even though Eli is greedy, very unforgiving, a mooch, extremely over-the-top, and clearly a wackjob, his church has many followers and grows throughout the film.

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* SinisterMinister: Eli Sunday is obsessed with his church, and is probably just as power-hungry as Daniel. The weird part is that, even though Eli Although he is greedy, very unforgiving, a mooch, extremely over-the-top, and clearly a wackjob, his church has many followers and grows throughout the film.are drawn to his bombastic sermons.



* TheSociopath: As has been mentioned, the film is less about the events that happen, and more about the character of Daniel Plainview, and realizing that this is what he is. At first, Daniel seems to simply not like social interactions because many of the people he deals with are quite petty, but in a discussion with his previously estranged brother, he has this rather revealing conversation with him:
--> '''Daniel''': "Are you an angry man, Henry?"
--> '''Henry''': "About what?"
--> '''Daniel''': "Are you envious? Do you get envious?"
--> '''Henry''': "I don't think so. No."
--> '''Daniel''': "I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people."
--> '''Henry''': "That part of me is gone... working and not succeeding- all my failures has left me... I just don't... care."
--> '''Daniel''': "Well, if it's in me, it's in you. There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money that I can get away from everyone."
** It's more likely from that conversation that Daniel is not a standard textbook sociopath (one who is simply born with a defective brain), but more a man so let down by others he feels nothing but contempt, and years of misanthropy has made him into a sociopath.

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* TheSociopath: As has been mentioned, the film is less about the events that happen, and more about the character of Daniel Plainview, and realizing that this is what he is. At first, Daniel seems to simply not like social interactions because many of a sociopath in the people way he deals with are quite petty, but in a discussion with his previously estranged brother, he has this rather revealing conversation with him:
--> '''Daniel''': "Are you an angry man, Henry?"
--> '''Henry''': "About what?"
--> '''Daniel''': "Are you envious? Do you get envious?"
--> '''Henry''': "I don't think so. No."
--> '''Daniel''': "I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people."
--> '''Henry''': "That part of me is gone... working and not succeeding- all my failures has left me... I just don't... care."
--> '''Daniel''': "Well, if it's in me, it's in you. There are times when I look at
manipulates people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money that I can get away from everyone."
** It's more likely from that conversation that Daniel is not a standard textbook sociopath (one who is simply born with a defective brain),
seeks domination over them, but more a man so let down by others he feels nothing but contempt, he's actually misanthropic. He hates most people and years of misanthropy has made him into only allows himself to care for a sociopath.select few. The film tracks how these few human relationships end in tragedy.



* SoundtrackDissonance: In the end, the movie lives up to its title. Civilized men return to their animal selves, brutality reigns, blood is had--blackout to credits with a rollicking performance of a Brahms Violin Concerto so you can dance your way out of the theater.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: SoundtrackDissonance:
**
In the end, the movie lives up to its title. Civilized men return to their animal selves, brutality reigns, blood is had--blackout to credits with a rollicking performance of a Brahms Violin Concerto so you can dance your way out of the theater.



* StrawNihilist: Guess who?



* VillainousBreakdown: The second half of the movie is essentially a very long breakdown for Daniel, as he becomes more and more unstable as time goes on. He has a few moments which definitely count by themselves, though, in particular, him slapping the hell out of Eli because Eli couldn't [[spoiler: cure H.W. of his deafness]], his telling H.W. [[spoiler: that he's not his son]], and finally, his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech given to Eli at the end of the film, culminating in [[spoiler:him brutally murdering Eli]].

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* VillainousBreakdown: VillainousBreakdown:
**
The second half of the movie is essentially a very long breakdown for Daniel, as he becomes more and more unstable as time goes on. He has a few moments which definitely count by themselves, though, in particular, him slapping the hell out of Eli because Eli couldn't [[spoiler: cure H.W. of his deafness]], his telling H.W. [[spoiler: that he's not his son]], and finally, his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech given to Eli at the end of the film, culminating in [[spoiler:him brutally murdering Eli]].



* ZigZaggingTrope: Good vs. Evil... which is which?


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* ZigZaggingTrope: Good vs. Evil... which is which?


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