Thursday, June 17, 2010
Are We all Daniel Plainview?
I'm watching "There Will Be Blood" tonight, and being reminded just how deeply I identify with Daniel Day Lewis' lead character. All of the terrible things he does are driven by the uncontrollable rage that lashes out from his terror of loneliness, his fear of never having a real connection with anyone. I grew up with some of those same terrors. I've left simple teenage angst behind me, but I've found it at least partially replaced by the overriding power of careerism, always threatening to cut one off from people. This is a film about the alienation that lies at the heart of a success-driven society.