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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…
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…
Terrence Malick is a gift. Can we keep him?
Did I have fun watching this? Well... no. Did I have an uplifting experience? Well... no.... but it was a hopeful one, a religious one, an experience that few films can claim to be.
The New World is special. Remember it.
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.
"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…
So... the experience of revisiting this was strange. In high school, I loved it, perhaps because I was in a Terrence Malick discovery phase and had never really seen anything like it before. I used to boast that this was one of my favorite Malick films.
But this time, I had more mixed feelings. The impression that I got this time was that a potentially-great movie got left somewhere on the cutting room floor. The fact that four editors worked on it is all too obvious because of the rather odd, jump-cutty structure. It feels as though the filmmakers are making it up as they go along. Christopher Plummer will be giving a big speech, for example, and then Malick…
I liked this movie when I first saw it, but re-watching it, I enjoyed it even more. It features an incredible score by James Horner, impeccable cinematography by Chivo, Jack Fisk's production design is top notch, and the performances (particularly by Kilcher and Bale) are great.
While the narrative is slightly unfocused, Malick makes up for it with his visual flair. Many people despise Terrence Malick films, because maybe they keep trying to figure out what's happening at all points in the film. I think the key to truly enjoy them is to just sit back, and just let the film encompass you completely, and this is particularly true of his three most recent films (this, The Tree of Life…
Ridatemi Pocahontas vi prego!
This is my third time seeing this, or second time seeing the 130min cut of the film (for time reasons more than anything). I feel I have a lot to say about just how much I like this film but I think I need to see it more times, and preferably my blue ray extended cut, before really trying to write something serious about it. But for now let's just say one of the best 'fallings in love' and one of the most beautiful films I've seen.
Q'orianka Kilcher: ★★★★★
What I Learned:
Death in the old days was basically, "uhm, btw, the person you love the most is dead kbye".
One of the most beautifully shot films I've ever seen.
Director Terence Malick, as usual, gives you almost more than you can stand: more beauty, more realism, more time; but he delivers it with such grace and poetry that it's almost impossible to turn away from.
In "The New World" he presents the story of colonial Virginia (circa 1607), Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, their awkward (understatement) love affair, and the trials of establishing a new colony for both the English and the Native Americans. Malick never relies on trite stereotypes to advance his story (it does advance at a snail's pace, but that's not meant as a criticism--just a warning), and you get the feeling that he attempted to make the story as historically accurate as humanly possible. The care taken by the director, actors, and crew helps to deliver another memorable, beautiful film.
THE THIN RED LINE is the only Terrence Malick film that I’ve seen, but it was enough to get me behind this director's latest movie (it’s on my list of all-time favourites). This was the very last of last year's crop of Oscar nominated films I had on my list, and I thought it fell well short of being the masterpiece it could have been.
I was surprised that a very similar stylistic approach was employed by Malick for THE NEW WORLD. The camera work, the voice overs, the momentary studies of nature ... all straight out of THIN RED LINE. That didn't bother me so much. What bothered me was that Malick moved through his footage too fast for…
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