It's a mystery Mad Max had to voice John Smith, Pocahontas should never have been a Disney princess when she was actually real life heroine in American history, and Christian Bale starred in another film about her afterwards. Stick with Terry Malick's masterful take instead.
EXTREMELY Poor Man's Princes Mononoke (1997). The main characters are boring, crappy villain, crappier plot, with or without the uncomfortable historical inaccuracies. Still, the real life story you'll find in your history book is more interesting than this, and this is a history that we know very little about.
Most people approach this film for its controversy. While it is a constricted (due to a time limit and its audience) moral tale and historical recollection, what it is able to show is genuine and powerful. The film elegantly touches upon many fascinating topics (colonization, racism, semantics, arranged marriage) with enough depth that it really works. And, without a doubt, some of Disney's best visuals of all time.
Don't let the title fool you, it's far from the ordinary princess tales and despite being a bit different from the real Pocahontas story - ok, a lot different - it is a beautiful Disney movie. People who rate less than ★★★★ obviously can't paint with all the colors of the wind.
Ahistorical drivel that somehow manages to insult not only the intelligence of its audiences, but all the people/cultures it is portraying. This is the end result of trying too hard with cloying creation-by-committee tactics designed to specifically prevent offense, reducing its narrative to a tepid, preachy snooze-fest neutered of any real dramatic, empathic potential it may have originally had.
Makes Terrence Malick seem like a copycat. Loved it, how it really took time to explain some concepts, so that my daughter really understood what it was about. Once again I got this feeling, a lot of cinema at its peaks often does nothing more than basic Disney.