A wholly original film with a twist you never see coming, Damsel is a hysterical western from the minds of David Zellner and Nathan Zellner.
Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) has tracked down the location of the woman he plans to marry, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). As he sets through in his journey, he hires Parson Henry (David Zellner) to officiate the wedding when he finds his future bride in addition to a gift, a miniature horse called Butterscotch. Samuel tells Parson Henry that Penelope is being held captive by Anton Cornell. Along the way, they run into Anton’s brother, Rufus (Nathan Zellner).
There’s a lot to love and enjoy about the film. There’s some bold storytelling choices on the Zellners’ part. This works to the film’s credit but will no doubt be upsetting for some. It’s a solid performance on part of both leads. It’s not quite up there with Robert Pattinson’s performance in Good Time but he’s been making some solid choices in his career of late.
The film is the type of western that looks one way on paper but in reality, it’s a completely different film altogether. Filmmakers don’t make westerns like they used to but Damsel may be the funniest to come around in years.
DIRECTORS/SCREENWRITERS: David Zellner and Nathan Zellner
CAST: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Joe Billingiere, and Robert Forster
An official selection of the 2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival, Damsel held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures and Grace Point Media acquired the U.S. rights in March.