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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…
For all the exuberant praise and attention that the Tree of Life, however justified, has received over the past few years, I fear that Malick's other recent efforts will be overlooked or even forgotten. The New World should not, because it is a visionary piece of filmmaking by Malick. All of his trademarks that I love are here, from the voice-over narration to his idealized view of nature. This is a dreamlike experience, unfolding like a lyrical poem.
And this is a case where the setting fits perfectly with Malick's style, set in a time long ago where two worlds discover one another. Obviously, with this setting, little dialogue is necessary, and Malick is given more free reign to capture…
While it is a little disappointing that this movie perpetuates a few of the untrue myths of the European discovery of America, not the least of which is the absurdity of the "romance" between Pocahontas and John Smith, I think to hold that against this masterpiece is absurd. And to say that because it doesn't get some things right makes it untrue is equally absurd.
More than any other director, Terrence Malick seems to understand that truth and beauty are things better arrived at not by exposition and explanation, but by dwelling in and around them. And this I believe is what the movie does best. Malick lets us live in this New World, to let our modern Western lives…
'Barry Lyndon' meets 'Dances With Wolves'
Poetry on celluloid.
Writing a Letterboxd review for this almost seems fruitless - I feel as though I should either write a book about it or not write anything at all. As with every Malick picture I've seen thus far, first viewing provided an often rapturous experience, but also produced the feeling that I had only scratched the surface of the film, and that further viewings would provide a more complete picture of what Malick was doing (disclaimer: I have yet to rewatch a Malick film, so this feeling is entirely based on instinct). Anyway, seeing as I don't yet have a book deal, here are a few scattershot thoughts:
1. Though The Tree of Life is his most personal and ostensibly his…
It could have been so much greater if Malick wasn't so far up his own arse that he thinks that disjointed scenes which could otherwise be simple is the key to art.
There's the visuals in this movie, then nothing else.
Odvratno pretenciozno lupetanje simpletnoskih monologa je bilo jako neugodno za slušati, ali sad kad znam da je onaj retard Malick bio iza kormila se zapravo ni najmanje ne čudim što je ovo ispalo ovako kako je ispalo.
172-minute extended cut.
It seems almost a pointless exercise putting star ratings on a Terrence Malick film...
Extended Cut is the real deal.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…