Movies that are slightly off.
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…
"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…
I feel like an absolute paedophile right now, discovering that Q'orianka Kilcher was merely fourteen years old in this film. I was praising Terrence Malick throughout the whole films for making an almost three-hour epic about love and relationships without even implying sex once, turns out that was probably because of the actress’ age. Oh well, she was great though, playing an utterly believable Pocahontas I bought into the very moment she entered the frame. What struck me about the screenplay most was how relatively non-miserable it was. There were quite a few instances that I feared something truly dreadful was about to happen - like Pocahontas being raped - but the New World happens to pretty progressive minded for…
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.
"You don't know the meanings of the words."
"But I am."
The established pattern in Malick's movies up to this point has been one of characters finding some kind of utopia either in each other or in a place where they don't necessarily belong (the house in Days of Heaven, the village in Thin Red Line), only to be forcibly ejected from paradise thanks to some human flaw (small things like World War). When New World is only from John Smith's point of view it verges on reductive "noble savage" characterizations of the Native Americans. Smith views their village as his Eden, thinking about it in terms that sound like lyrics from a gospel song or devout country song. The…
Spectacular historical drama exploring the intertwining lives of John Smith, Pocahontas, and John Rolfe. From what I've seen, this is by far my favorite Malick film.
Pretty much flawless.
Looks absolutely beautiful...it feels though a selection of moments rather than film
Malick is the master at bittersweet endings. I never know how to react after the credits start to roll. Am I happy or sad? What do you want me to feel Terrence? Tell me. Stop trying to confuse me.
Have I not known this?
The meaning of Life. Death. And Love.
Of all things, it is you I shall remember.
Can the heart supercede, overrun the mind?
Love is not an emotion, but a thought.
This is how it is supposed to be.
Farewell. I shall see you again.
In the Light.
#232 THE NEW WORLD - A Malick/Lubezki masterpiece. Slow, but more grounded than his recent films. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days
Me considero un verdadero fan de Terrence Malick, pero The New World requiere en demasía la paciencia del espectador y mucho mas si no se conocen el estilo del americano.
Adentrándonos a un pasado mundo, The New World inicia con unos magníficos créditos, sin duda alguna los mejores de la filmografía del director, y unas tomas tan hermosas como es de esperar del gran Emmanuel Lubezki, que de la mano de la composición de James Horner, del diseño de vestuario de Jacqueline West y de las notables interpretaciones por parte de todo el reparto, hacen de la producción de esta película una verdadera envidia para cualquier cineasta.
Pese a todos los grandes aciertos antes mencionadas, The New World peca al…
Dreamy and beautiful, and I love Colin Farrell's sad facial expressions and Q'orianka Kilcher's perfect Pocahontas. As it wore on, though, there seemed to be a gradual introduction of the "where am I going with this? have everyone spin around until I figure it out" Malick meanderingness that put me off To The Wonder. Christian Bale's character seemed like something of a blank slate, and I found it harder to care about what was happening whenever he was on screen. While it pulls things together well for the ending, and I definitely enjoyed the experience, this can't quite join the ranks of the best Malick films for me. On the plus side though, my dreams last night had KILLER cinematography.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…