“Damsel” (2018) – In the movie business, when one says damsel, the words in distress usually follow. Obviously, most unmarried women are not in distress, but Samuel (Robert Pattinson) believes that one particular damsel, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska), needs to be swept off her feet. Directors David and Nathan Zellner’s (“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” (2014)) latest creation is a hilarious, offbeat surprise and the most unique western to arrive on the big screen in years.
With classic genre themes like long stretches on horseback, beautiful skies and hazardous saloons, but also quirky exchanges and visuals reminiscent of a Wes Anderson picture, the conflicting crescendos amuse and entertain. All the lead and supporting players – including the Zellner brothers and a precious, little scene-stealer: a miniature horse named Butterscotch – embrace the picture’s pleasing and darkly comedic tones.
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