The story of Pocahontas is a well known story. The question is, after all of these centuries, how much of the information that we know about her is fact and how much is myth?
The 2005 film, The New World is the story of Pocahontas and John Smith. But unlike the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas, The New World tries to use fact and historical evidence to tell as truthful a tale as can be told.
Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) is the favorite daughter of an Indian chief. Captain Smith (Colin Farrell) is nearly hung for mutiny, but saved. In the English colony of Jamestown, Virginia, a theft occurs. The punishment is violent and swift. Captured by the local Indian tribe, Captain Smith is saved by Pocahontas. The relationship develops, but when it is discovered, they are separated and punished by their own people. Pocahontas and John Smith meet again years later. Believing that the Captain is dead, Pocahontas has converted to Christianity and married another man.
What I like about this movie is that the creative team took time to do their research. This movie feels very authentic for the period, as does the actors. Unlike the Disney movie, the performer playing Pocahontas was closer to the age of the real Pocahontas than the Disney movie version of her was.
I recommend it.