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RobW
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Forgive me if there's a thread already for this, but I couldn't see one.
Went to watch this last night, after Juno was surprisingly sold out.

I've been trying to think what to say about it, but there's so much to it all I can do is recommend it. It's a fantastic film, and whilst Day-Lewis is brilliant (he's pratically in every scene), Paul Dano who plays the self styled faith healer Eli Sunday (as well as his brother, Paul) is very good and i'm surprised he hasn't been Oscar nominated.
Despite playing a ruthless, money driven bastard, I couldn't help but laugh whenever I saw Day-Lewis scowl at the camera. He appears to be on the edge the whole time, and you suspect he'll burst into a fit of rage at any moment.
In one sense it's a bit like Once Upon A Time In The West, except that you substitute the emerging railroad for the discovery of oil.
Truly, a great film.

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Mighty Mudhsuden
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I really want to see this. Is Day-Lewis just redoing Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York though? Cos that'd kinda suck.
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RobW
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Erm, well I liked him as Bill the Butcher. I thought it was the only redeeming feature of that film. I'd say that it's more toned down that that. Obviously a little less violent, but a bastard nonetheless. He has some Scots-American accent going on and sounds a wee bit like Sean Connery- though not as much as that bloke in the 300.
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Mighty Mudhsuden
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Yeah, Bill the Butcher's ace, as is Day-Lewis. I'll get on the torrent case later.
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this character is very different from bill the butcher. it's a very good film - i've now watched it a second time, mainly just to savour day-lewis' performance, and found i liked the whole movie a lot more on second viewing.
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Page 2 - halfway down.
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Wasn't so sure about this one - seemed more like a film to admire than one in which to get involved. Well made and acted and all that, but didn't quite do it for me. Perhaps it's just not really my type of film.
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Looking forward to seeing it. In fact, from what I've heard, it's almost a sequel to Gangs of New York, at least in terms of Day-Lewis's involvement.

Run the two together, it's a potted history of Western Capitalism. Heavy blokes with large groups of mates shove their weight around, become self-proclaimed kings, then either scare other people into siding with them or kill everyone who doesn't. It took most European states centuries to get to this point, and appoint kings, it took virgin America about 80 years.

Day-Lewis's next film will be about him as a President ensuring that his alcoholic son can succeed him, by hook or by crook.

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A compelling film with brilliant performances but too short of things to say to be a great one.

The Day-Lewis character is a politician in all but name, hustling from town to town, playing the family card, the religious card and any other card that will get him ahead.

His ambition is portrayed as a form of mania but the delusions of religion are shown even more savagely.

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I'M DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE!!!!
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He acts well, but he never really lets you in, does he? I think it's a lack of relationships in his life. Even that with his kid never really exposes any of his inner self. For that reason, the film seemed a bit of a slog to me. Much to be admired, but nothing to get you emotionally involved.
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The local cinema palace doesn't have this film on, despite it having been Oscar nominated and released recently...
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