Movie Reviews: Pocahontas




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     A 17th century Native American maiden deals with her romantic feelings and the colonization of her people.
     Voices of Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, Davis Ogden Stiers
Bottom Line:


     Pocahontas, the 33rd animated Disney feature film, is a beautifully drawn film that entertains, while making a strong commentary on the British callousness of destroying the American landscape, and overrunning its native citizens.
     The story opens as the British, lead by a buffoon of a governor (David Ogden Stiers) and handsome explorer, John Smith (Mel Gibson) land in the new world. The Governor immediately starts looting the land searching for gold, and Smith, an adventurer and soldier whose job is to protect the British interest, finds his own riches in Pocahontas.
     Despite initial apprehensions and the daily deteriorating relationship and hatred between both cultures, Smith and Pocahontas manage to fall in love.
     Following the classic Disney formula, the main character (surprisingly a minority) has the obligatory side-kick animal friends and is prepared at a moments notice to break out into a finger snapping song accompanied by a slick choreographed dance. However, having said that, it needs mentioning that Pocahontas  characters aren't as fun as the ones in other recent Disney movies. That's probably why the film didn't do as well as the other recent Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast  and Aladdin, at the box office.
     Pocahontas is more serious than most Disney animated films and so is the storyline. But that's okay, because the movie deals with a serious subject, the colonization of America and the loss of the Native American's lifestyle as they knew it.



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