The New World (2005) 4.43/5 (1)
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Rating: The Good – 72.4
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Duration: 135 mins
Director: Terrence Malick
Stars: Colin Farrell,  Christian BaleChristopher Plummer

   The Good – 72.4


Genre: Adventure, Drama
Duration: 135 mins
Director: Terrence Malick
Stars: Colin Farrell, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale

Terrence Malick can be an acquired taste but if you accept what you are about to see is not a “film” in the conventional sense, the images, sound, and emotions he so skilfully weaves together on screen can be some of the most rewarding movie experiences. The New World tells the familiar story of the native American girl Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) and 17th century explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell) who form an unlikely relationship in the early days of European colonisation. This is no Disney version however, as the film offers a harsh look at the barbarity of the times. In many ways, The New World mirrors Malick’s earlier The Thin Red Line which also dealt with one man’s admiration of nature and the simpler life that comes from being close to it. As you would expect from a Malick film, Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematograpahy is out of this world and together with Malick’s sense of timing the film becomes an enchanting, melancholic trip into a long-since vanished world. Despite all that, one really must be in the right mood to watch The New World. As with all Malick films, narrative takes a passenger seat to the the experiential context as the director’s desire to stretch out that context and invert the components of the story is given free reign. There’s a story told here all right, and the actors and characters are invested in it. But there’s also a grander focus that sometimes feels too big for those more traditional primary movie components.

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