In retrospect, this piece I wrote about Damsel for The Week might be a little unkind to poor Parson Henry; he is indeed pathetic, and he is in distress, but he’s genuine and honest and frankly every other character in the film takes advantage of him or otherwise abuses him without thinking twice about it. It’s nigh-impossible not to feel bad for the poor man.
Every other dude in the film not so much, because they’re all awful (or at least aloof). Watching Mia Wasikowska send them all packing should be everyone’s idea of a good time. It’s certainly mine! I followed that thread of macho inadequacy and entitlement through the piece, and I sincerely hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.