First off, Daniel Day-Lewis is flat out amazing. The movie is grandiose but settles into a spiralling biopic by the end. The turn of the century oil man, Daniel Plainview is not only a hardworking American - he IS America. Greedy, opportunistic, corrupt, violent, heartless, smart, determined and shameless. He is a sinner, a skeptic, a capitalist, a liar, a smooth talker, a victim, and a survivor. Day-Lewis is such a good salesman that you actually root for the charming son of a bitch. His relationship with his son and with the town preacher are intricate and mesmerizing. Johnny Greenwood?s score is haunting and unique, the production is top-notch, the direction is confident and the story is rich and textured. A very solid flick that features a wonderful performance. In the end it felt to me like other Paul Thomas Anderson films - on the brink of greatness but falling just shy.