I haven’t watched this movie in ages, and I know it gets a lot of heat these days for its problematic depictions of Native Americans and historical inaccuracy. But the romance between Pocahontas and John Smith… I just feel like it had a more serious and mature tone than other Disney romances?
Every scene we have with them once they fall in love, like them meeting under Mother Willow, her visiting him when he’s taken captive, protecting him from being executed, and their final bittersweet goodbye… it feels like something you would see in an adult, live action romance movie. Their scenes are serious, intimate, and have a melancholy tone. I just think this is quite unique and well-done.
It also kinda helps that Pocahontas looks like she could be in her 20s and John could easily pass for 30; they look more mature than other Disney couples. Their conversations are always serious (from what I can remember). And… “If I Never Knew You” is one of the more emotional duets, lacking the lightheartedness of others like A Whole New World, Something There, etc.
I don’t know, it’s just kinda cool that a romance like this was depicted at all. Most other Disney couples I can think of are usually a combination of love at first sight, bickering and friendship, sweet moments, comedic effect and are usually quite tame.
Does anyone else feel this way?