The New World

Terrence Malick’s The New World isn’t for everyone, but if you liked The Thin Red Line or, for that matter, Koyaanisqatsi, you’ll appreciate this very strange, very beautiful film. Newcomer Q’orianka Kilcher is beguiling and breathtaking as Pocahontas-cum-Rebecca, and Colin Farrell, as John Smith, turns in his most sensitive, nuanced performance to date. There are barely 20 minutes’ worth of dialogue, and what little there is hardly matters: The gorgeous tedium of transformation is the real story here.


TMN Editor Liz Entman (they/them) has lived in St. Louis, New York, and Nashville. She sweats the small stuff, like hyphens and commas, and has a day job, but won’t bore you with the details. More by Liz Entman

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