Gerry Canavan

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There Will Be Nitpicks

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It gives nothing away about There Will Be Blood to say first that the movie is excellent and second that it is impossibly ludicrous to expect a 23-year-old actor, Paul Dano (right), to play 35 years old.

It’s bad enough that the movie is also very unclear that Dano is actually playing twins. But when the movie jumps about fifteen years forward in time from the early 1910s to 1927, the reappearance of Dano looking exactly the same age entirely kills the moment. I’ve even seen speculation that the final scene was a dream—realism is that challenged.

That’s Dano-as-35 in the photo, by the way. I know I can be a bit of a nitpicker, but it just doesn’t work.

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January 25, 2008 at 6:12 am

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