Hoping to see another masterpiece from the maker of this brilliant film, I 'Amazon'ed 'The New World' DVD. Turned out a complete disappointment. The ingredients for a classic were all there: new settlers dealing with the natives, a love story with a twist where the young native girl eventually marries an Englishman. i.e. the story of the 'little wanton' Pocahontas. Terrence Malick attempts hard to create the surreal feel that made 'The Thin Red Line' what it was. Somehow I didn't get it and the whole film (especially the performances) seemed contrived. The sole redeeming feature was the intensity that Christian Bale brought in his little role.
Rating: * *