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Damsel (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The beautifully filmed Damsel injects the western genre with a welcome dose of humor and some unexpected twists, although its stately pace may frustrate impatient viewers.

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Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry (David Zellner) and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel. A loving reinvention of the western genre from the Zellner brothers (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), DAMSEL showcases their trademark unpredictability, off-kilter sense of humor, and unique brand of humanism.

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Damsel spends its second half literally wandering in the woods, with no clear destination or objective in mind.

August 7, 2018 | Full Review…

As an indie film with a clever gimmick, it's worth seeing, though it never quite sustains the sweeping feel of its first two scenes.

July 8, 2018 | Full Review…

"Damsel" takes most of the elements you've ever seen in a Western and tweaks some, twists others and comes up with something unusual and mostly satisfying.

July 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"Damsel" owes just as much to the absurdist tone of the Coen brothers, possessing the same visual and verbal japery and, occasionally, absurdism for its own wearyingly ridiculous sake.

June 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Damsel is designed to be a deliberately out-of-joint comedy about a woman forced to endure an exasperating ordeal. After two hours, I could relate.

June 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Like everything else attractive to the eye in "Damsel," this image of happiness is a cruel illusion. It's also an unilluminating one.

June 28, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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I'll give the movie props for having a unpredictable sequence that completely upends the narrative, but this is still too ponderous on the whole. I think if the filmmakers were less obsessed with being "offbeat" and put more focus into seriously examining the interesting ideas they raise, then this might have been a more effective revisionist western,

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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In a work with a serious Coen Brothers "nutty" vibe, Mia Wasikowska convincingly portrays a pretty woman out West during the settling days after the Civil War (where women were hard to find ... particularly pretty ones) with a frustratingly endless problem; I.e.; all the men she meets want to "save" her, despite that she herself doesn't want saving. Robert Pattinson does an excellent job as one of her impossible suitors, unwillingly to "not" save her. The work doesn't always score, but charms even when it fails due to it's stars' chemistry.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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