Paste’s Robert Davis on “The New World”

This review of The New World made me applaud.

It’s just so terribly exciting when somebody gets what is so brilliant about this film. And Davis hits the nail on the head when he describes Malick’s bold choices.

I’ve read long, rambling reviews trying to find words for why the film works. And I’ve written a few of those reviews.

Davis clearly and efficiently captures what’s so great about this story.

Thank you, Robert Davis, wherever you are.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • wngl

    5 stars don’t go to The New World, they belong to A Perfect World.

  • Marc

    I noticed the movie was given 4 1/2 stars. Is that out of 5 or 4? I would be curious to hear why the 1/2 star was taken away if the scale is 5 stars. Were some parts too slow for the reviewer, were there too many breaks in the story line, were some scenes not believable?


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