New World, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1 1/2

Director Terrence Malick gives his own interpretation of the classic tale of Pocahontas and her relationships with adventurer John Smith and aristocrat John Rolfe. The epic adventure/love story is set amid the encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Settlement in 1607. It reveals the tenderness of the Native American maiden who saved John Smith from being killed by her father. Her journey of love lost and found takes her from the untouched beauty of the Virginia wilderness to the upper crust of English society during the dawning of a new America.

Malick (Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line) is as much a painter of pictures as a teller of stories. Indeed, in New World you will be far more seduced by the essence of his portraits than by the films narrative, which plods along, aided by Colin Farrells one expression, a grimace that serves to emote moodiness, philosophical quandaries and romantic glee.

Make no mistake, there are moments that reflect filmmaking genius and the Native American can be proud of their portrayal, but just as one can only eat so much steak at one sitting, we can only take so much etherealness. At 150 minutes, scene after scene and visual after visual go on and on. Its just toooo long.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
New Line Cinema

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Crude Language: none

Obscene Language: none

Profanity: none

Violence: Few times moderate (the film receives its rating for violence; we see several battle scenes, some with gruesome bloodletting)

Sex: mild (there are some suggested sexual situations and dialogue, but mostly this content is implied rather than detailed)

Nudity: none

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: nothing explicit

Drugs: none

Other: Pocahontas prays several times to Mother, I assume that being Mother Nature. While there have been countless papers and some books written that indicate a true Christian conversion by Pocahontas, here the deed is shown with no more spiritualness than her becoming accustomed to wearing European shoes.

Running Time: 150 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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