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17 January 2006 @ 11:55 pm
The New World  
This was a film that made me struggle and strain to find something positive to say about it:  Q'Orianka Kilcher is really good in it, and this will likely springboard her career so we'll get to see more of her in the future.  Plus, she's nice to look at.  And now that I've looked her up in IMDB and see that she's 25, I don't feel nearly as dirty having done so.  *whew*

The movie is excessively long.  I think they really wanted you to feel the passage of time so when they told you, for example, that five years had passed, you felt like you'd watched it happen moment by moment.  Christian Bale's name was second or third in the beginning credits, which I remembered the moment he showed up on screen.  When that happened, I realized there would be at least another 30-45 minutes in the movie, and I swear it made me want to cry.

The dialog was difficult to comprehend (as was much of the movie), but considering there was MAYBE ten pages worth of lines in the entire 2 1/2 hour script, it's not hard to figure out why.  Some scenes had flashes that you couldn't figure out if they were flashbacks, flashforwards, memories, daydreams, or an actual mini-scene that also happened.  Also, there were some decisions that leave you wondering.  For example, why did they put such efforts into never using the name Pocahontas except in the credits?

Overall, it was SLOOOOOOOOOOW.  There was some pretty scenes and some pretty shots, but on the whole I feel like my evening was wasted, and spending $2 on parking to watch the movie for free cost too much - my time is more valuable than this.  Even as someone who likes Colin Farrell and Christian Bale, I have to recommend against going to see it.

But that's just me.  I also hated Gosford Park, and it won Best Picture - so what do I know?
BigEvilbigevil on January 18th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thus begins the Colin Farril season of our discontent...
egheaumaen on January 19th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Dude, Q'Orianka Kilcher is 15. Not 25. Re-check your math. And perhaps your hormones.

And "Gosford Park" didn't win Best Picture. It won Best Screenplay. "A Beautiful Mind" beat it for Best Picture. Incidentally, it also beat "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings," which in my opinion is the film that should have won.
Idtechnomonkey on January 19th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Dang. I feel dirty again.
Both of those errors stemmed from cursory glances at IMDB when I was really tired. Plus watching the movie kinda fried my brain.
snstvstle90zguysnstvstle90zguy on January 19th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hard to believe it, but yeah she is 15. And as far as I know, she doesn't yodel like her cousin.