There Will be Blood (2007)

If you’re looking for strong themes to promote an overt moral of the story, move along; nothing to see here. Rather than fill the traditional Western fable template the story gradually builds its characters to an intensifying crescendo when at last it makes good on its promise made in the title. Certainly, there are recurring themes; how could there not be in young America’s Westward expansion? But as rampant greed fuels a wealthy oil prospector and a fledgling minister alike, it becomes hard to tell who—if anyone—deserves success. The redeeming quality can be found in the prospector-turned- mogul’s son, who—despite being raising for the sole purpose of a prop in a devious sales pitch—bears no grudge against anyone. There is a hero and there is a victor; just not the same person.

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