Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There Will Be Blood
My husband and I finished watching this last night and there was blood, and I didn't like it. Daniel Plainview--what an evil, evil, unredeemable character.
He wasn't interesting the way Robert DiNero was playing Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. He wasn't captivating although dark and dangerous the way Humphrey Bogart was as Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest. He was just cruel and cold and hollow.
I guess I just get skeezed out by sociopaths. I also couldn't stand No Country for Old Men.
I heard an estimate somewhere that 1 out of every 25 people in the population is a sociopath. Maybe they won't kill, maybe they won't be criminal, but they won't care. They won't recognize your shared humanity with their own. You're maybe an object, or an amusement, or a hindrance to them--whatever else you are, you aren't human in the same way that they see themselves. And doesn't 1 out of every 25 sound like a high number to you? Disturbing.
Who needs a scary movie when you can just ponder that reality?