Thanks to Koga, Monday night I scored a couple of tickets to Variety’s preview of Terrance Malick’s new epic film, “The New World” at the Arclight. It was a stunning film.
I see a lot of media…and most of it seems to bounce into one brain cell and just as quickly bounce out, quickly forgotten. Not so this piece. The visual imagery was stunning and the natural quality of the film permeated the lighting, the emotion between the actors and the sparse dialogue. Out of all the films I’ve seen this year, “The New World”, will remain burned in my memory. It is first and foremost a great lovestory between Pocohantas and John Smith in 1608. But the bigger picture details the struggle two cultures inevitably have when they come together.
Even though it was four hundred years ago, we still wrestle with those themes today. After all the wars, the killing, the only thing that seems to heal differences is when the people love one another and bring families together. Kind of like the great meld of the world. You are me and I am you. Such a simplistic concept, but one we humans seem to have a hard time getting our minds around.