I've read many disappointed reviews of this movie, and I almost didn't bother to watch it. Well I now feel the need to write my own, positive review, so that people don't miss this great movie based on grumpy critics!
I think it's a classic Disney movie : you have an impossible love story, you have great songs by Alan Menken, little funny animals, the heroin is a helpless romantic dreamer who is more at ease with her animal friends than with fellow humans. Pocahontas has lost her mother. There's a wicked villain who thinks only of his own fame and is ready to murder for gold. Okay I think all the items of the classic Disney formula are checked. So you know what it is, you've seen it already many times, you know if you like it or not. BUT "Pocahontas" has a few ingredients of its own : first, the american native setting gives it a particular flavour. The scenery is beautifully drawn, the characters are themselves beautiful (Pocahontas is HOT). Pocahontas could be watched without sound, I just love the artwork. But the sound is also great, the soundtrack is worthy to be heard without image! It's a great light& sound spectacle.
Many critics say the film is too "politically correct". Well, in these times of hatred, war in the Middle East and so, I think we need more movies like Pocahontas that show us that a different ending is possible. Pocahontas says bloodsheds can be avoided, if you just sit back for a minute and try to consider your enemy not as a "savage" but as a fellow human.