New World, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Visually exquisite, but listless and long-winded telling of the semi-legendary love affair between English explorer Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) and his Native American paramour, Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher), who saves his life in 1607 Virginia, with their star-crossed romance playing out against mounting tensions between their two peoples. Directed by Terrence Malick, the textured film is basically a series of tableaux -- meticulous in their attention to period detail -- held together by the largely embellished love story, which is saddled with pretentious voiceover narration and underdeveloped characters. Intense battle violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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