Nothing new for writer-director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red
Line), whose pet subject – mankind’s despoiling of an Edenic setting – is here transferred to the legend of John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Pocahontas (Q’Orianka Kilcher). The tale may be perfectly suited to Malick’s languorous cinematography and portentous voice-over narration, but by now these elements have begun to resemble a misguided perfume commercial. Call it Terrence Malick’s Obsession.
The movie equivalent of a Johnny Cash song?