Monday, March 8, 2010

The New World

I found Terrence Malick's The New World very well done, and interesting in that he appeared to cull his story from the diaries of Pocahontas/Rebecca, John Smith and John Rolfe, giving the story a deep personal feeling not often seen in movies.  I also thought that Pocahontas was beautifully portrayed by Q'orianka Kilcher. The cinematography was breathtaking and really did capture the sense of a "New World," before Jamestown came to efface the landscape.


  1. Couldn't agree more about the virtues of that movie, was entranced throughout, and not just because it was photographed near where I grew up. (It even brought my single imdb entry correcting their spelling of the Chickahominy River) and the tale/characters were familiar. It was great to see the SF Chronicle main reviewer put it way up there on his list of movies of the decade (OK, so the decade wasn't over last year but everybody and his bro. was writing such things, so...)

    Malick's movies--at least, this one and "Days of Heaven"--can make me feel a strong sense of "what's been lost." Haunting, both of 'em.

  2. I've always liked Malick. I consider him one of the most conscientious filmmakers. His films could be a little more hard hitting, but I very much like the way he "explores" his cinematic terrains.