Damsel ★★½

Here’s a tip for processing the Austin Chronicle film ratings/reviews that appear on metacritic: always deduct one to two stars for “local” artist adulation ... 

And here’s another tip: for a far more potent (read: less anesthesizing) #MeToo-inflected genre exercise, see writer/director Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge (2018) ...

And here’s one final tip: if you find yourself in the mood for a different kind of Western, which (coincidentally?) shares a major character/plot point with this movie (sans the thematic pandering), catch up with writer/director John Maclean’s Slow West (2015).

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