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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…
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…
Fuck man, I dont know... Terrence Malick evokes shit in me i didnt even know existed. He has to be close to the best director I have ever come across if im honest. Im not even going to try and put my emotions onto words right now. Movies on a scale as large as his can so often turn out clunky and messy but Malick is always so composed and his pictures have a humility and simplicity to them that really touches something almost primordial within you. Ill at least attempt a full length take once Ive calmed down a little but for now i can say... nothing really. If you ever get the chance, see it and revel in its luminous beauty.
Shall you be a discoverer of passages which you yourself refuse to explore, beyond the threshold... That is?
This is a terrible movie about Pocahontas and a great movie about love. catherineaddington.com/post/70765266123/let-me-be-clear-about-the-new-world-this-is-a
i love a beautiful score like the one in this film
Beautiful--visually striking. Fantastic acting by Kilcher. Rich soundscape. It's the first time I've really paid attention to the sound editing in a film. I'd watch it again.
Director: Terrence Malick (Fourth Film)
Before watching any of Terrence Malick's films, I had a quick gander at the films I had chosen - and the one that interested me most was this one, The New World.
I have always had a very keen interest in various branches of history across all different cultures, and the story of Pocahontas is no different. Whether Malick tells many historical truths is however, unimportant as he presents his own usual brand of poetic imagery. The film is very slow but no less uninteresting and particularly, the opening was strong.
Saying that, Malick is an idealist somewhat, and does meander with certain aspects that I just said weren't important. So what's my…
Few stories could better match Terrance Malick's themes and style. Malick has always been striving to evoke the childlike wonder of encountering something new, or at least challenging us to see the spectacle in nature and the world around us. Malick's worlds have always been mythical ones, and this is one of the most enduring American myths of all time. These two colliding cultures, sharing no common language, are forced to see one another as Malick's camera sees every insect, sunset, reed, or baby's foot: with a curious enchantment.
The moralistic view of The New World, as well as other Malick efforts, asks us to see the world in a spiritual light that separates the pure from the impure. In…
The title of this film is absolutely perfect. It isn't about the English discovering, "the new world" in America and it is also not about Native Americans discovering "the new world" of Europe. One "world" is not older than the other. They were two separate "worlds" that ran parallel to each other for centuries. The "new" world in question here is the one that forms when these two separate universes suddenly smash into one another. The editing at points is jarring with its jump-cuts, but that is because we are witnessing the collision of two cultures. Like forging something from iron, it is a jarring process, and the filmmakers have used the tools of cinema to reflect that. What is most clear is that there is no going back. Some things are forever lost on each side, but we must continue forward. The old world is gone.
The New World is another Terrance Malick Masterpiece. Malick is brilliant; his films are existential and glorious. This intrepid interpretation of John Smith, Pocahontas and the Jamestown settlement is filled with riveting scenes wielding powerful emotions. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki delivers perfection. Indeed, this film is long, but worth everyone minute.
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