Fall Movie Preview: The New World

The New World
opening November 9

starring Colin Farrell, Q’Orianka Kilcher, Christian Bale

For some reason the basic premise of this movie makes me chuckle. Let me walk you though it. This is the story of John Smith, Pocahontas, and the settlement of Jamestown or as I first thought of it, the somewhat x-rated version of the sweet “Just Around the River Bend” Disney version of Pocahontas.

Colin Farrell stars as 17th century explorer John Smith who falls in love with Pocahontas (newcomer Q’Orianka Kilcher), the chief Powhatan’s daughter. Aside from the whole Native American and English settler issue in their love affair, things really heat up when…. John Rolfe (Christian Bale) enters and forms one happy love triangle. (It sounds so juicy and soapopera-y already, that I would actually see this for a good laugh).

But what may actually give The New World a fighting chance at credibility and decency is the simple fact that the writer/producer is Terrence Malick. His only other films are Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), and The Thin Red Line (1998). I have seen none of them, but from what I know, those three pictures are considered to be great filmmaking.

This movie could either be an Alexander-esque disaster or a Tigerland-esque success. I don’t know about you, but I am pretty intrigued about what will happen.