The New World
Writer-director Terrence Malick returns after seven years to direct a technically beautiful piece of cinema entitled, The New World. Beginning in 1607, an insubordinate soldier of fortune named John Smith (Colin Farrell) was shackled and brought to the new world in the hold of a ship. The land was harsh and Captain Christopher Newport (Christopher Plummer) sends Smith on an expedition to establish trade with the Indians, knowing he would probably be killed. True to form, Smith is captured by the Indians but his life is spared when Chief Powhatan’s (August Schellenberg) beautiful young daughter, Pocahontas, (Q’orianka Kalcher) pleads for Smith’s life. The two form an instant bond (get your mind out of the gutter) and the movie slows to a snails pace. Not to worry –there are enough flora and fauna scenes to make National Geographic jealous. After spending several months together and falling in love – more flora and fauna – Smith is recalled to England. Putting duty and honor first, he has a buddy tell Pocahontas that he dies at sea thus affording Smith the opportunity to make a clean break. Following two long years of mourning, Pocahontas marries a tobacco farmer named John Rolfe (Christian Bale). This is definitely an artistic film with cinematography, art direction and costume design being the highlights of the movie. It also has an all star cast but there is no connection with the audience. Unfortunately the end of the film feels rushed after almost two and one half hours of an excruciatingly slow build up of the story. Did I mention flora and fauna? Besides the slow pace there are a few other minor irritations and I’m giving it a C rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.