No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
My Overall Thoughts:
I think that when one looks at the list of films nominated for BP this year, it is clear to see a trend; none of them are spectacular take-your-breath-away films.
The year of 2007 was weak one for films and it is easily reflected here when looking at this list.
In a normal Oscar year, there is a possibility that none of them (yes, NONE of them) would have made the cut within the 5 nominees.
Thankfully, this is just considered an off year and things got back on track the following year.
- 5. – Michael Clayton – Great performances by Clooney and Tilden make this a gripping film, but in a normal year, this probably wouldn’t have made the cut for a BP nomination
- 4. – Atonement – Epic tone makes this seem like it fits with the kind of film that could make this list, but the ending doesn’t do the story the justice it needs and feels a bit lackluster.
- 3. – Juno – Fun and quirky film that works on so many levels, but once again, the question remains as to whether this kind of film would normally have made the cut in a normal, better year.
- 2. – No Country For Old Men – The Coen Brother know how to tell great stories, but this one seems a bit disjointed. I know I sound like a broken record, but in a better year, this one also might not have even been able to make the cut.
- 1. – There Will Be Blood – Such an amazing film mostly due to the superb performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role. We are given such a unique perspective of the oil business and we get to see how things haven’t changed much over the last century when it comes to money and power. The pacing is quite slow, but so much happens that it doesn’t matter because there is so much to absorb as it moves along. The way that this film juggles issues of family, religion, the oil business, success and of course power is so gripping to watch. It unfortunately only managed to win 2 of its 8 Oscar nominations (Actor and Cinematography) despite being perhaps the best of the lot of films in the competition for Best Picture. Anderson proves once again how great a director he can be.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not Really The choices this year were all good, but only one could be considered great. NCFOM is a very good movie, but something is lacking to have made it a great choice among the other BP winners of the past, but given the choices in the ok year, it was the still not the best of the lot because TWBB is much more powerful.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!