Ok, yeah, I see what you're saying - the film is probably more complex than I was getting initially. I'll have to think about it more.
However, given Malick's use of/love for shots of the glorious beauty of the natural world, seen throughout his films, contrasted with the really very cold look at England's manicured lawns and sculpted hedges, I just don't quite see that the first half of the film, with Smith's and Pocahontas's vision, is so totally undermined. I think Malick still sees something more ideal in the Americas, in a culture closer to nature.
I could say, I suppose, that like Pocahontas's tight-fitting European clothes, which, in the end, couldn't hold her in - she dances away and discovers "Mother" even in England - the natural world of England ultimately can't be held in and "managed" either - it is still present and powerful. Still, a culture that tries to control it at all feels as if it's the lesser, the one that, as Wordsworth says (in condemning an industrialized society) is only interested in "Getting and spending" and with "Nature" is "out of tune." Wordsworth, interestingly, further says, "Great God! I'd rather be / A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn" than be in the society he lives in because those pagan societies at least worshipped the gods of nature - "Proteus" and "Triton" - they revered nature to some degree. Like Wordsworth, I think Malick is a kind of Romantic poet, who finds truth, wholeness, one's fundamental spiritual element in nature. Would you buy that comparison? And if so, isn't the more natural culture, the one that isn't forcing nature into submission, the more noble?