Title: There Will Be Blood (2007)
Why it’s lazy: Yes, there’s a certain mystery to it, and more than a touch of portentous poetry.
But, at a base level, it’s purely descriptive and, let’s not forget, full of spoilers.
Would you have watched Die Hard if it was called There Will Be A German Thrown Off A Tall Building?
Or Lost In Translation if it was called There Will Be A Bit Where Bill Murray Says Something And You Can’t Quite Hear It?
Where the name came from: It’s a creation of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s.
The screenplay borrows heavily from Upton Sinclair’s book 'Oil!', but Anderson changed the name "because there’s not enough of the book to feel like it’s a proper adaptation."
What they should have called it: Deafinitely Maybe, Strike It Lucky, Derrick And Clive (with Daniel Plainview renamed Clive).
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