The Nightingale – 6

A return to the movies, particularly Westerns, of old, where the good guys are blameless and heroic, while the bad guys are evil incarnate, and the only mystery is how vengeance will be reeked. It’s not enough that the villain is a serial rapist; he also must be shown shooting innocent children and killing babies. The overkill includes a lot of killing as well as lack of subtlety and credibility; but the Lonesome Dove-like journey is appealing due to the novelty of time and place: 1825 Tasmania. The taste of someone else’s colonial history, together with fine acting by the heroine and her aborigine guide, made me overlook the paint-by-numbers aspect of the story.

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