I cannot deny that P.T. Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" is one of my favorite movies (and I have probably seen over 2,000 movies in my life). Not only am I more than impressed with "Blood", but I am very impressed with almost all of P.T. Anderson's movies, including "Boogie Nights", which is another favorite of mine.
I think my biggest problem with P.T. Anderson is his lack of originality with his direction and the themes of his movies. Magnolia and Boogie Nights seemed to be a rip-off of Robert Altman's genre of movies (huge casts and the ambitious connections between each character). Punch Drunk Love appeared to be a rip-off of the off-beat love story genre, very similar to Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine, etc. Hard Eight is probably his most original creation, although it appears to be a rip-off of the whole gangster genre, kind of like Means Streets and the typical "Scorsese-like" film.
Upon first viewing "Blood" I saw real creativity. I loved the music in coordination with what was going on in the film. I loved the opening sequence with the mountains and the sweeping landscapes. However, I soon realized that P.T. had stolen much of the camera work and technique from Kubrick's films, especially "2001." The ominous music, the sweeping landscapes, and the human condition were all themes that Kubrick used in this film, in addition to his other films, which could readily be seen in "Blood." "Blood" also took a lot from "Sierra Madre" which is apparently where the Daniel Day Lewis's character was inspired by.
This was just a thought, and I am curious to hear what other people think about this issue, and what people generally think about "Blood."