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The New World
Once discovered, it was changed forever.
A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.
All of Malick’s films have an intangible quality; a quality that either speaks directly to its transfixed audience or seems distancing and stylistically pretentious. For me Malick doesn’t make pretentious films, there is always a simplistic lyricism and honesty to all his work, instead the pretentiousness comes in trying to explain and rationalise his beguiling imagery. It is so easy to fall into the trap of grandiloquence when reviewing any of his films as you desperately try and capture their ephemeral beauty and ability to stir untapped, almost primordial, emotions. The irony is that verbose critiques (of which I’ve already succumbed within the opening paragraph) do a great disservice to Malick’s quietly devastating body of work as no amount of…
"I have never truly been the man I seem to you to be."
The New World is Pocahontas for grown-ups.
What I love most about Terrence Malick—even more than his beautiful imagery and visual compositions—is his editing. His unconventional Kuleshov-inspired technique in Days of Heaven had me yearning for my film school days, and with The New World he continues to impress.
Malick is notoriously meticulous with his editing, often recutting his films right up to their release, and this is no exception. A 150-minute cut was shown early in order for the film to quality for Oscar contention, but by the time it received a wide, theatrical release it had been trimmed down to 135 minutes. When the film…
Malick has done it again. The New World is one of the best historical dramas out there. Easily the best portrayal of the story of Pocahontas and John Smith ever put on screen; sorry Disney :P. My only complaint about the film is that it really drags in some parts; especially the last 30 minutes. Q' Orianka Kilcher was superb as Pocahontas.
"What else is life but being near you?"
One of those times where you think "Damn it, why didn't I bring my notebook." So here's some discarded thoughts. This was my first Malick back in 2005 and it struck me back then as it strikes me now as monumental, much more than the visually ambitious but not as philosophically ambitious Tree of Life. Something of magisterial power being worked out here—a film that almost attempts to recognize the infinite ("There is no unreal," Smith tells us). It's also the film that I think best typifies what people think about when they think about Malick—The Thin Red Line is very much still a war picture with Malick's sensibilities, while this has…
"A land which had no end."
In the early seventeenth century, three English vessels run to conquer the new world, hoping to find legendary treasures and gold. When landing on the James River in Virginia, they establish the colony of Jamestown. But most of the original group of 103 settlers were wrongly prepared aristocrats and consequently the conditions of life in the colony degrades quickly. Captain John Smith is then charged with an expedition along the Chickahominy River to look for food. During the expedition, the native Powhatan tribe kill the whole group with the exception of Smith, who is taken to the village. There he meets the daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe, Pocahontas.
To be frank, I didn't even know that Terrence…
"A land which had no end."
When I first saw THE NEW WORLD in 2005, it felt like Terrence Malick was suffering from diminishing returns. Ten years and several viewings later, it is much easier to gauge THE NEW WORLD on its own merits, but its undeniable consonances with THE THIN RED LINE are still constructive in understanding the developing cinematic vocabulary and philosophic worldview of the singular writer/director. The interplay between Christianity and Transcendentalist pantheism is present, but as the last of Malick's films to be set exclusively in the past, THE NEW WORLD's primary concern is the give and take between man and nature, and the destructive encroachment of civilization upon the heretofore unspoiled.
The film is still too long and perhaps too obtuse,…
"Love... shall we deny it when it visits us... shall we not take what we are given?.."
If you are the kind of person who doesn’t love how Malick usually dwells in beautiful imagery for too long, then you would probably appreciate a shorter version of the film, but personally I’m definitely a fan of Terrence Malick as a director and as a true visionary, so I don’t mind. I hate how pretentiousness has almost become synonymous with his signature style of filmmaking, because I think some people just don’t want to look further into his works than on the outer shell of it all.
It is a shame in my opinion, because although he sometimes aims too high, he…
The Thin Red Line with indians.
Seriously. This was painful to watch.
I want to actually attempt a genuine review of this soon, but suffice it to say for now that on my third viewing of the film, it was all I could do to not weep at the end. The final moments of this film are some of the most honest, human, and moving in all of cinema, a summation of why Terrence Malick is my favorite filmmaker and artist of all time.
Beautiful but flawed.
Terrence Malick’s The New World is a poetic retelling of the mythologized story of Pocahontas. Captain John Smith and the English land on the shores of America in 1607. They establish the colony of Jamestown and encounter Pocahontas and the Powhatan tribe. The Englishmen view the new world as an untouched Eden where they may form a society free from the bondage of the old world. But rather than breaking the chains of the past, the settlers recreate them in the new world. This film marks the beginning of Malick’s celebrated partnership with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, Gravity) who together create transcendently beautiful images and a film of staggering thematic and philosophical depth.
The Thin Red Line marked Terrence Malick's return to film after a twenty year absence. It also serves as something of a demarcation line from his two earlier works, more driven by a coherent narrative thread and his later works, which are more akin to visual poetry.
The New World marks a continuation of that transition. There's certainly a story that's being told during the course of the film, and in all honesty it's a very good one. The problem is that Malick doesn't really seem that interested in telling that story so much as he is at photographing the native wilderness. And make no mistake, the cinematography in this film is absolutely gorgeous.
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