Original release: 2018
Running length: 113 minutes
Comedy, Drama, Western
The brotherly duo of David and Nathan Zellner do it all, from writing to directing to acting, and their new film is something of an odd twist on the traditional western. Set during the American Old West, this off-kilter comedy stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska as Samuel and Penelope, a couple about to be wed when Penelope is kidnapped and Samuel embarks on a journey across the frontier to save her. The Zellners have an eccentric rhythm to their comedy that critics say is fully employed here to upend common conventions of the genre, resulting in an unusual adventure with enough surprises to keep things interesting.
It takes a bit to get accustomed to the Zellners’ style – but once you do, boy, does Damsel really blossom.
– Sara Stewart, New York Post
David and Nathan Zellner have crafted an anti-western, lovingly poking fun at its foundation while slyly pulling the rug under the audience in humorous, forward-thinking, and genre-redefining fashion.
– Jordan Raup, The Film Stage
Damsel manages to import any number of modern notions into a surprisingly traditional western structure, recognizing the appeal of the genre while not being afraid to steer it into some distinctly modern channels.
– Nick Roddick, London Evening Standard