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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.
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…
Daughter of the sky
"What else is life
But being near you?"
Lost in eternal search
Words never replace gesture.
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…
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.
The New World is a cinematic experience that words fail to express. The New World has a very ethereal and celestial atmosphere to it like the rest of Malick's films and this is an absolute feast for the senses. This isn't a film that you *need* to "understand", you just need to "feel" it. You just have to let your emotions carry you away through this beautiful dream and wash over you while you indulge in all the evocative beauty. Malick's love for nature always translates incredibly well and this is of course no exception, being certainly one of the most beautifully and gracefully shot films ever made. The running water, the canopy of trees, the blowing grass, and all…
¿Puede una película rodada en ambientes selváticos al aire libre tener planos intimistas? Malick nos demuestra que sí.
Qué dirección tan perfecta.
after two masterpieces, this director had raised the bar so high, even for himself, that it was an impossible feat to deliver a better picture and unfortunately he couldn’t do it again.
the writing, in my book, was very ambitious and could not successfully follow or portray a story that felt cohesive and not “eternal”, however the picture does communicate the hardship of changing for a loved one.
the directing, as always, is great; i think there is no need for me to underline how great cinematography and editing always is, the real surprise here is the close-to-outstanding performance by Q’ORIANKA KILCHER.
if there is a huge problem with this film is its running time, this two and a half…
Confieso, The New World es la película que más me cuesta de Terrence Malick. Sin embargo, revisitando en esta ocasión me di cuenta de lo subjetiva que es la cámara y la intimidad que brindas esa subjetividad.
Esos momentos en que un personaje ve a otro son exquisitos.
Tengo que darme la oportunidad de ponerle atención, en serio.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Even if the rest of the movie failed entirely, the last 15 minutes or so would be worth five stars on their own.
Fortunately, this isn't the case. Five stars all around.
"Mother, now I know where you live."
It's hard to describe the emotional whirlpool that Malick churns up without sounding like an ass, so instead of stringing together a train of gushing adjectives, suffice it to say that The New World is a masterpiece that stands proudly alongside his best films. Particularly resonant as a native Virginian.
Another Malick headache but I strangely found this marginally better than The Tree Of Life and To The Wonder. I think the story and setting suited his fetish for shooting trees and leaves.
In his other films, Romance is an all-encompassing aspect that blends in well with the other events going on. Brave New World's biggest problem is that it doesn't really rely on much else beyond Romance. Whereas it may have been Malick's intention to frame a love-story amongst the infamous colonising of the New World and the inevitable conflict that arises between Native-persons and the colonies, The New World never really makes any stringent points alerting us towards these precious moments and as such loses any historical interest almost instantly. Instead, Malick's film focuses chooses to focus on a native-american woman's love of firstly one man and then another.
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