The Zellner Brothers’ latest film is an honest yet surprising romp through the Wild West. I went into the theater unsure of what to expect and I left thoroughly impressed.
Damsel is funny and accessible to a modern audience but it doesn’t romanticize the era or it’s characters – with death and insanity a persistent threat and reality throughout the film.
That’s not to say, however, that the characters don’t do their fair share of romanticizing, as Samuel (Robert Pattinson) chases after his kidnapped fiancée, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska), and Parson Henry (David Zellner) desperately and repeatedly attempts to find a fresh start – all with Butterscotch, an instantly lovable miniature horse, in tow. The classic western is the perfect back drop for the characters’s struggles with lost love and a desire for something better which hit a chord that is infinitely relatable.
As far as performances go, Robert Pattinson knocked it out of the park- I could barely recognize him and he delivered on every line in a way that was just so fun to watch. David Zellner, though, was the secret star of the show (despite what the title would lead you to believe).
This movie reminded me that you can’t run away from your problems and showed me that some things never change. A fun return to the western, Damsel is definitely worth seeing this summer.