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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.
Let's be honest, this is not a great Terrence Malick movie. Emmanuel Lubezki and Colin Farrell both do fantastic jobs in their specific roles, but The New World really was a misguided effort.
the ending with the trees was dope
Colin Farrell gives eskimo kisses to a 15yr old while listening to the Herzog Nosferatu soundtrack. For ages. Just as well Christian Bale rocks up to take the baton, really.
I'll review it with more detail at some time; this is all I will say:
Visually fantastic but with various flaws in the writing and the acting. Characters seemed too generic and the story dragged for far too long. That being said, the ending does make up for it and it is a good film overall.
Terrence Malick is a far better director than he is a writer even though he's got a few good voice overs in this film. Of course, as always, he's got a few others which weren't.
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
Subtle, aesthetically unusual, but pleasing exploration of a historic drama, full of memorable moments.
The strongest evidence of a god lies not in the Bible or the Torah or the Quran, but in the films of Terrence Malick. Maybe not a god in the traditional sense, but a god in the natural sense. Images of lush grasslands and baby turtles and sounds of rushing water and swaying trees endlessly permeate The New World like a mother whose watchful eye never strays and whose gentle touch always comforts. While Malick's lyrically vague voiceovers don't guarantee genuine lyricism, he himself is genuine and that's all that matters because sometimes, just sometimes, he convinces me of some esoteric spiritual interconnectedness between life and the universe. Most of the time, however, he just sounds like a super hippie.
On a third viewing i've really grown to love this film.A scintillating performance from the young Q'Orianka Kilcher, a better smile on screen I've never seen. The film is beautiful, absorbing with a gentle purity that Malick can deliver.
Throw out the Disney cartoon, we have here the definitive telling of the Pocohontas legend as only Terrence Malick can provide. "The New World" was Malick's 4th feature film after a seven year absence since "The Thin Red Line" was released. Which is long, but at least we did not have to wait to decades like between his last two film. While this film does not reach the heights that his previous film were able to achieve, "The New World" is a film worthy of admiration of any Malick fan. What is most impressive about the film is how Malick is able to take a story that is so well known and use it as only a frame to what…
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- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
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- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
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