So, Pocahontas. My favorite Disney movie. And I'm a very critical watcher. People always act astonished when I admit this is my favorite. They're like: "Wait, you? You actually have good taste!" And I spend three hours trying to make them see what I see in this movie.
Truthfully, it is not without its flaws, and several of them have the potential to bring the movie down. But let me just try to sum up what makes it one of Disney's greatest to me.
- Pocahontas is an interesting, mature heroine who goes through Character Development
. Everything her lover John Smith lacks, she makes up for, even if her voice actress is somewhat stale in English. Her relationship with other characters is intriguing - her love with Smith feels palpable and poignant, her relationship with her father strained as well as loving, her friendship with Nakoma honest - I could go on and on. As a main character, I find her a great heroine.
- The story is powerful in its message, even if it does follow Politically Correct History
, it still teaches valuable aesops and makes you rethink your choices. Sure, the villainous Britishmen might be far too cartoonish to effectively exist in this otherwise realistic-ish fairytale Virginia, but the effect of their anger and choice to go to war is not affected by it.
- Music and animation are on an astoundingly high level. Alan Menken delivers one of his absolute best soundtracks ever, including one of Disney's best songs - "Colors of the Wind", of course, though "Just Around the Riverbend" is amazing all the same. As for the animation, you're not like to find a 2D-animated film of such fluidity and realistic movements. Colors are perfect and every background looks as if it belongs in an art book.
- Not to spoil too much, but a Bittersweet Ending
, in a Disney movie, handled with care and love, and done graciously.. what more could you ask for. It never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
In conclusion, go see this. If the characters and story don't do much for you, at least you'll revel at the animation and music. I guarantee it.