It probably goes without saying given the title of this post, but if you haven't seen "There Will Be Blood," please stop reading, and just go see it. While I don't have the time to weigh in on this rigth now, I just wanted to share some links and background...
Talking about that brief line of dialogue that concludes the film, Daniel Day Lewis recently emphasized that the moment contains, "The most vibrant line Paul had put before me." Talking about the end of the film at a 92 St. Y Q & A with Paul Thomas Anderson and Annette Insdorf, the duo acknowledged that Plainview resembles a gorilla or a monkey in that final shot and DDL said of his character's final words:
"That's the reason I made the film. That's the moment I was striving for, for years."
A day earlier, at the end of an interview I told P.T. Anderson that I found myself laughing during the ending of "Blood" and he was hardly surprised, saying he too found it humorous.
No matter that I don't have more time to discuss the ending right now because the film and its ending have been examined by many bloggers, including Andrew (Filmbrain) at Like Anna Karina's Sweater, Karina at Spout and Stu at The Reeler, among others. Filmbrain will be part of a Brooklyn gathering tomorrow to watch and discuss the film.