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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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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.

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Kevin M. Williams

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