It's me, Johndav; had the same trouble as before getting through ezboard with previous user name, after move of address and internet service provider (now back in Wales).
Malick's best i think. Kilcher is utterly believable as a character of innocence, strength, love, loyalty and integrity. The film starts more from the white settlers' view- dreamlike quality of the beautiful new land- gradually turns so Kilcher/Pocahontas takes over and we see England through fresh eyes- the formalised gardens (compared with America's unspoiled nature), streets and buildings must have seemed extraordinary to her. A few shots of the rows of ordered shrubs and trees brought to mind Last Year at Marienbad. The music reminded at times of Dvorak's New World symphony + his compatriot Smetana's Vltava (both aptly, the latter describing the river). Not sure if this was the original score or parts of the Wagner Howard mentions. Rheingold has its watery connections too i notice.
Malick loves his voice-overs, but Farrell's wasn't always clear, quite mumbled (as was the case in Thin Red Line, unless it's my hearing's not too good).
A reasonably balanced view of the Native Americans i think-not sentimentalised, demonised, caricatured or too strongly idealised. Pristine nature under fire, natural beauty juxtaposed with conflict and violence, very different cultures and outlooks coming into contact- favourite Malick themes. Restless camera, gorgeous cinematography (as usual with TM films).
Certainly among the best English-language films of the decade. And Kilcher was only 14?! We should have heard much more of her and this performance.