"In my vanity,
I thought I could
make you love me
and one can not
or should not. "
--John Rolfe in The New World (played by Christian Bale)
I finally saw Terrence Malick's great film The New World. I was a little surprised how little buzz this film got when it came out and that it failed to pick up more than it's one academy award nomination (Cinemotography), especially after Terrance Malick's sucess with the film The Thin Red Line (with it's 7 nominations and of course it's all star cast: Nick Nolte, James Caviezel, John Travolta, John C. Rielly, Sean Penn, Adrian Brody, Jared Leto, Woody Harrelson, et al.)
Yet I can see how this film would not be "main stream" with the way it takes the time to tell it's story using beautiful imagry which are far more important than the words that are said.
And while I would not recommend this film about John Smith and Pocahontas to everyone (mainly for it's pacing)...I think that this film has one of the most beautiful portrayls of love and grace in the character of John Rolfe (Christian Bale). If there was a film award for a portrayl of love and graciousness, Christian Bale would have won it hands down.
Side Note: Colin Farrell was not annoying like I thought he might be, and young star Q'Orianka Kilcher was absolutly wonderful...I hope she gets more complex roles like this one.
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