Rarely viewed as an 'actor's director,' Malick has nevertheless brought out some great work
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8. Colin Farrell, “The New World” (2005)
Colin Farrell gives one of the great quiet performances in Malick’s fourth film, “The New World.” There’s plenty of dialogue, but what I take away from Malick films are the moments when he forces you to observe behavior. And there is something transcendent about how Farrell took to that direction, particularly when the Native Americans of what will be Virginia take his Captain John Smith in for an exchange of cultures. He also navigates the emotional terrain of the film’s love story with authentic flare where melodrama could have crept into his sense of motivation. It’s a wholly complete performance, one of his best.