Wednesday, May 10, 2006

"The New World"

Last night Daniel & I watched "The New World". At first, after all the scenes of running water and trees and sketches of historical events we see ships and then an indian woman. I was like "who's that - Pocahontas?" and Daniel says "yep." I'm like "no way." Let me guess, is that John Smith? Yep. Played by Colin Ferrell, with an Irish accent. Turns out there's more than one way to do Pocahontas.
This one is full of poetry, beautiful music (heard James Horner did the soundtrack) and nature scenes, also native religion. Later in the movie Pocahontas marries John Rolfe played by the delightful Christian Bale. The contrast between the two men is just great and the ending is absolutely perfect.
There's very little fighting - Daniel was dissapointed. The romance in this movie is beautful, there's no sex or nudity. There's not much dialog so you have to really pay attention, but it's a visual feast.
The New World appears to be not so much about history but about the people, about Pohahontas,John Smith & John Rolfe and about their relationships. However I would still recommend it if your teens are studying the begining colonial period, it might provide some interesting fodder for conversation and contrast.
I think it's the kind of movie that you'd want to watch more than once before fully appreciating it.
Have you seen this? What did you think? I like it, Daniel didn't. Get the plugged-in movie review here

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