The New World (2005)
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it wasn't a movie, it was an experience
The first hour of the extended edition is some of the most beautiful meditative film making I've ever seen. It's just such a shame they overbear this point in the last hour and make it too much of a romantic drama, it feels far too flabby. That said, the first act is a masterclass in how to get tenderness and beauty out of your environment and actors, I've never seen anything quite like it.
Terrence Malick is an artist who does not compromise his vision. This film was only nominated for a single Oscar. Emmanuel Lubezki who have won the last 3 years, should have won for his work in this film.
I was fascinated by Pocahontas and later found out that Q'Orianka Kilcher who played the role was only 14 years old! It is brave to have to play against both Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. I wish to have seen something more to her afterwards.
This film is, of course not for everyone. If you are into action and want to be entertained this is not the movie to see. I have read many reviews from people who claim that it is a poor and especially boring film. I believe, however, this is a misunderstood masterpiece.
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This movie ranks #9 in A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2000s
This movie ranks #39 in BBC's The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #89 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #92 in FilmTotaal Forum's Top 100
This movie ranks #156 in Scott Tobias's The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #244 in FOK!'s Film Top 250
This movie ranks #428 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #682 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #757 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #985 in The Criterion Collection