I expected more... — 5 years ago
This movie exactly lives up to its hype, but I expected more. The best part was watching Daniel Day-Lewis pretend to be Klaus Kinski, but we only really needed one Klaus Kinski. It’s a pity he’s gone, but one was enough. The conflict with the preacher boy really didn’t convince me, and the ambiguity created by using the same actor for both Paul and Eli annoyed me, settled as it was by one throwaway line about how Paul was successful in another part of California. Production values, set design, etc. were good, performances were fine, but I didn’t feel any Upton Sinclair in this, and that, more than anything else, was what I was hoping for.