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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.
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…
"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…
I think this is the last time I will watch the extended cut, while it beefs up the Christian Bale storyline something is lost in the momentum.
Nota = 5
There is a good film at the centre of this, unfortunately it falls flat due to Malick's abuse of narration and poor pacing. Suffice to say I'm glad this was made, it allowed Malick to further refine his style to make The Tree of Life a perfect film.
One of the miracles of cinema. The texture and lyrical beauty of this film is mesmerizing, and Malick for once completely unifies his form and aims in a grand theme with some mythic resonance. Easily his best film, and one of the few ever made that strays from a skeleton of filmed theater. In what universe is a Citizen Kane or Vertigo better than this wonder? Is everyone retarded these days?
I'll give it a star and half for the beautiful scenes, sets, and cinematography, but my god, this is a boring and indulgent film. Malick's whispering voice-overs are some of the most annoying devices I've experienced. Despite its very committed attempt at emotional manipulation, in the end I just didn't care about any of the characters.
This one was fairly dull, probably because it's a story I have heard numerous times and Malick doesn't bring too much new to the table. A more accurate portrayal of Pocahontas's story is refreshing but that doesn't make a movie (The Thin Red Line wasn't very accurate with Guadalcanal). The Thin Red Line had some compelling characters and this really did not. John Smith (Colin Farrell) was mostly just moody and quiet. John Rolfe (Christian Bale) was better but really we don't get to know him very much especially since he comes when the movie has less than an hour left.
Q'orianka Kilcher was a delight to watch mostly because she was very expressive and felt like the character with…
The New World is Terrence Malick’s fourth film in 30 years, and like the Thin Red Line and Days of Heaven before it, it is of epic proportions. It is the story of the Jamestown Settlement, in Virginia, and is filmed barely ten miles away from the actual site. It is the story of Pocahontas, and her love for Captain John Smith, and the impact and consequences that there love had between her tribe, and the English settlers.
Instantly, it strucks us with that lethargic feel of a Malick movie. Slow paced shots of beautiful clarity capturing moments, snippets of actual life, jump cuts from one instant to another. James Horner’s music is slow and building, it seems to breathe…
First time I watched it, I liked it but I had nagging doubts.
Overtime those have gone slowly away as I read about the film and as I watched it again on a large screen with good sound, a very key thing to do with this film.
There are still some problems for me ideologically, such as too much of a settler/colonialist view point, too much of a romanticizing of the natives/noble savage biz, and the end while beautiful also left me feeling a bit strange. And also probably just the fact that the holocaust of native americans has never ended or been truly apologized for/reparated for in anyway, makes me suspicious and bothered when any white person tries to…
Film #11 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Task Nr. 9: A film featuring Native Americans.
Malick really likes that tall grass, doesn't he?
My first Malick was Badlands, a film that became an instant favorite for me as a teenager and still is to this day. The second Malick I saw was The Thin Red Line, which I think I liked but don't remember all too well. Then came The Tree of Life, which was an exceptional film on every level, unlike anything I'd ever seen (as I'm sure many of you would agree). Then I watched To the Wonder, which seemed like nothing but a desperate attempt to repeat everything that worked for and in The Tree…
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