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.
A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.
Die neue Welt, Novi svijet, ニュー・ワールド, Naujasis pasaulis, Novi svet, Nový svet
When aliens invade earth and unforeseeably exterminate our entire race in the passing of a millisecond with their incomprehensible bio-weaponry, the only human being that they're going to spare is Terrence Malick.
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…
As always, extended cut, although I should try to re-watch the First Cut or Theatrical cut to see if it tightens up the middle, which is probably the only issue I have with The New World. The final five minutes, a montage of the corporeal giving way to the spiritual, with souls departing, and bodies merging with nature, is an effortlessly transcendent moment. Malick makes it look easy, but the entire film carefully builds to the catharsis.
To say that The New World was a crossroad for Terrence Malick is to suggest that it was formed out of indecisiveness, and such a line of thinking is misguided, but it is his most immediately sinuous work; a landmark in wandering, meandering, losing its train of thought in the eyes of another. It's a nearly-flawless synthesis; nature and the confines of civilization - an early sprout of Malick's interest in primitive purity and ambiguous hustle and bustle within the modern - pushing and pulling on the same canvas for dominance. But it is romance which wins in the end, and the end is something elusive, relative in Malick's eye, but it is a victory nonetheless, not one which…
"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…
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First time seeing the Extended edition - it's easy for people to fault Malick's sincerity nowadays but it's hard for me to fault the sheer lack of cynicism: the very beautiful moments opening the film for example and the near tinges of a bridged cultural understanding, as well as Smith and Pocahontas's relationship touched me deeply; a rare earnesty in romanticism - I felt all my defences shattering, and free to let my guard down.
Of course there's more to this one - Malick's most overtly political work? The shift to Britain at the end remains astonishing.
"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…
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.
"A land which had no end."
I feel like an absolute paedophile right now, discovering that Q'orianka Kilcher was merely fourteen years old in this film. I was praising Terrence Malick throughout the whole films for making an almost three-hour epic about love and relationships without even implying sex once, turns out that was probably because of the actress’ age. Oh well, she was great though, playing an utterly believable Pocahontas I bought into the very moment she entered the frame. What struck me about the screenplay most was how relatively non-miserable it was. There were quite a few instances that I feared something truly dreadful was about to happen - like Pocahontas being raped - but the New World happens to pretty progressive minded for…
Normally, if it's staggeringly historically inaccurate, like this film is, I'm not a fan. However, this movie is so good I'm able to overlook it. In 2005 I wasn't sold on Collin Farrell. He was alright in Minority Report, but was coming off Phone Booth, Daredevil, Swat, and Alexander. I was certain he was trash. Then this movie came out. I stopped hating, I knew he was going to be great (I don't want to hear your tired True Detective: Season 2 hate). It's unfortunate he's remember more for his role in three different cuts of Oliver Stone's hubris nightmare, than he is for delivering a near perfect performance in a near perfect movie, just a year latter.
BAM w/ A.R.
It's not bad and the camera work was amazing but this movie goes on for forever and half the time nothing happens. If one likes very slow paced films, go watch it, you'll enjoy it. Otherwise this is a good movie to watch while doing literally anything else
Malick is the definitive "poet not a novelist" filmmaker. Easy to understand why there were significant cuts to get down to a more commercial runtime, but the director's cut really lets everything breathe more. Endless shots of natural beauty punctuated by explosions of violence and chaos. The juxtaposition of the almost idyllic lives of the native people to the dreary and starved conditions of Jamestown feels about as close to an indictment of Western conquest as you'll ever see on film.
A beautiful film with timeless imagery and messages. Unclear if the titular "New World" refers to America (as it would seem in the first 2 hours) or more the encroachment of European culture into America exposing the native peoples to a "New World"
Malick stays the god of hands running through tall grass in almost abstract montage set against powerful orchestral scores and philosophical voiceover.
4/10 TM - Extended Cut - 2 hours and 50 minutes, a brave new world, shades of Marketa Lazarova, feeling like watching LONG movies more often, and the wonder of exploring unseen yet filmic territory, getting to know things better, listening to Wagner and seeing the precious beauties of nature, uncommon for the mainstream techniques, welcome home, says the cinema of Terrence Malick.
Tone, mood, flavour, these are the things you take from this film.
Having watched Terence Malick films in order you start to see how he moves further and further from narrative towards experience.
This time it’s shot just as beautifully as ever and the the dialogue becomes less and less important, mirroring how language and communication was absent in the early settler days.
However whether it’s the subject matter or the lack of plot this is the least interesting or memorable of the Malick filmography so far.
what else is life, but being near you
i will find joy in all i see
she weaves all things together
you do not love me now. someday you will
i lie in his shade. can i ignore my heart?
mother, your love is before my eyes. show me your way. teach me your path. give me a humble heart.
in my vanity, i thought i could make you love me and one cannot do that or should not
it seems as if i were speaking to you for the first time
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
John Smith: “What we knew in the forest is the only truth”
Terrence Malick: makes you believe that with all your heart for three hours then utterly dismantles it in one scene
the coldness of their meeting at the end after all the buildup haunted me
The Extended Cut of Terrence Malick's The New World is easily one of the most stunning and absolutely beautiful films I have ever seen. In my personal search for a film to fully transport me to a new world and infuse me into the culture, the learnings, and the sensory of the place, Malick achieves this seemingly impossible feat here. Personally, this is transcendent cinema; this is what cinema can do when done properly and something only cinema can achieve. A wise filmmaker friend once told me that a master Vietnamese director told her that The New World is the only film to achieve what he calls a "sustained vibration." I wholeheartedly agree.
For its seemingly unmatched authenticity, its attention…
[THE EXTENDED CUT]
As meandering and loose of a narrative as only Terrence Malick can give you. Full of introspective voice over narration from all the main cast juxtaposed with beautiful shots of nature and human settlements of the 17th century.
It is a take on the Pocahontas story which attempts to switch perspective more towards the native tribes more than the English colonialists. I don't think it achieved that very well. By the end you get the feeling that this was supposed to be the story of Pocahontas and her journey within this strange situation, however most of the film still focuses on John Smith and the English.
If you enjoy Terrence Malick movies you'll definitely enjoy this. As a midpoint on his road to The Tree of Life (2011) it definitely shares a lot of the same sensibilities when it comes to direction and editing.
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