The New World
★★★★ out of 5
The alternate title to this film should be “The Tree of Life.” This film is basically a prelude to the style and flow of it. In fact, I caught a few scenes that were shot exactly the same as scenes from Tree of Life. Granted, this one had a little bit more of a story and history, but I think that is exactly why this film didn’t get as much attention as the acclaimed Tree of Life did. I thought Q’orianka was a beautiful Pocahontas and I had to laugh at the irony of Christian Bale being cast in this film (since he played Thomas in Disney’s version). This film was beautiful and I did like seeing a more “realistic” portrayal of the Pocahontas story, and perhaps it’s because I did enjoy Tree of Life that I enjoyed this movie as much as I did. So if you hated that film don’t watch this one. I remember seeing this trailer back in 2005 and really wanting to see it, but I kept hearing that it was not a good film. If I remember correctly the trailers are pretty misleading as the main parts of it where taken from the first 20 minutes of the film. Don’t go expecting a typical historical fiction film, because this is so far from that sort of tone.