I didn’t think I’d like this too much but I wound up fully engaged. The light fantasy element with the aborigines was a lagniappe. It’s a gorgeous, old-fashioned epic like Hollywood used to make (think “How the West Was Won”) with brave, noble Good Guys and boo-hiss Bad Guys. I also learned some history. What more can you ask of a film? At nearly 3 hours, it could be trimmed (I fast-forwarded through some of the cattle drives and such) but I don’t feel it dragged.


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