Sunday, March 20, 2016

The New World

The first time I saw Disney's Pocahontas, I fell in love with not only the character of Pocahontas, but Native American culture in general. With the years, this love shifted more to Latin American indigenous culture. Hence my decision to study Master in Mexican Litterature, where I learnt a lot about the Mexican precolonial culture. But I still fill a very strong attraction to Native Americans, for sure because one of my ancestors was a Native American. I'm still so bummed out that I don't have raven dark hair like my mom.

Anyhow, Pocahontas will always be my rolemodel: as beautiful on the inside as on the outside, the utter respect she has for mother nature, her urge for freedom... A couple of years ago, they made this movie called The New World. It gives a more realistic approach to who Pocahontas really was, and although it's kinda depressing (apparently, true love just doesn't get a chance), I love it so much. My favorite part of the movie is when Pocahontas and John still live in Powhatan's tribe, life seems so idyllic there.

There is nobody who could have played John Smith better than Colin Farrell, he's got that brooding bad boy image going on, but you can't help falling in love with him. But the real star of the movie is Q'orianka Kilcher. Since I saw her in this movie, I'm kinda obsessed with her. How beautiful is she? She looks so naive and good and pure. Just wow. My favorite scene is when Smith is teaching her English and she learns him to greet in her language. Nobody could play Pocahontas like she does: how she walks, how she talks the native language... Give that girl an Oscar already!

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