This is not your run of the mill western. For one thing it takes place in the 1920’s in the Outback bush of Australia. There isn’t much water and everybody looks thirsty as hell. That only adds to the frustration of scenes showing abject racism that occurred at that time. I’m glad awareness is raised in this film, it feel good to know that. Still, like the slavery of the states, it’s hard to watch sometimes, especially as a white man. We are guilty of so many crimes against colored people. I shook my head more than once asking “why?”
We can do better as whites. There are 2 redeeming characters: one is played by Sam Neill and the other is the imported judge toward the end. These should be seen as white heroes because they stood for equality when ignorant whites threatened.
This is not a feel-good film but it is enjoyable in the Western and History genres. It’s also 2 hours long, be warned. 7/10.