20 June 2012
The New World
The movie, “The New World” is a drama-romantic film by Terrence Malick which has many similarities to Smith’s writings however there is also some differences. The movie is an adventurous historical event that leads to the establishment in Virginia in the 1600’s in a small town called Jamestown. The main characters are Captain John Smith, Pocahontas the daughter of the Chief Powhatan, and John Rolfe who later marries Pocahontas due to Smith’s supposed death. The movie leaves out many things that are in Smith’s writing such as the romance that Captain Smith and Pocahontas live during the moments Smith is captured and is a free slave in the tribe. Later when the Chief notice his daughter loves emotions towards this stranger, he requests his men to return the stranger back to his colony. Pocahontas feels broken hearted for the separation and decides to warn Captains Smith and his men they had to leave their lands because her people were attacking. Later this warning resulted in Pocahontas leaving to England for betraying her people for a stranger at which many Indians were injured and killed. Watching the movie taught the legendary story of “The New World” which has a great impact to our history. Comparing the movie to Smith’s writings it is obvious that the movie focuses more on the beautiful romance story in-between two different cultures and lifestyles then the book. The greed and violence the Englishman brought to such a peaceful world is horrific and yet Pocahontas nevertheless cared because her feeling were selfish. Who was to imagine that Smith’s destiny not only conquers “The New World” but also conquers Pocahontas love and who betrays her own people for this strangers love? The movie begins with a clear sky, several fleets that have many Englishmen in it. John Smith sits chained below one of the decks while the fleets arrive at an unknown land. Whereas the book mentions the time it took the fleets to arrive to “The New world” much longer then they expected to arrive to this unknown land. The movie does not show that instead right when they arrive to this new land. His writing has so much detail for instance, before arriving to “The New World” it explains Smith’s life from his childhood to all his wars, exporting, and his reputation. It is written in details regarding the aborted natives who were slaves and were force to diet and work hard labor in the ships even if they were hungry, weak, and sick. It mentions some died during this voyage because their body could not resist the hot weathers and hunger. The movie does not show this instead where they arrive and they are getting off to explore. Smith is to be executed upon arrival: but before ordering him to be hanged. He is recognized for his critical role of establishing and continuance of the new colony at Jamestown required commitment. He was known to have brought riches in his past during his explorations, piracy, and military adventures. Captain Christopher Newport gives Smith an opportunity to regain his reputation therefore, naming him the Captain of the council. This is very similar to the writings in the book. In 1607, he was elected for president of the council and governor for becoming the best knowledgeable of the settlers regarding the new land. The movie clearly shows they begin to establish a colony and build a wooden fence around their small colony but it does not show all the extreme hard labor, bruising, and drinking that is mention in the book. Meanwhile, Captain Smith and a few men go out to explore in the movie and suddenly are under attack by Indians. The exploration led Captain Smith’s...