It's the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.
As Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) travels across the American Frontier, on a journey to marry the love he has always looked for, Penelope (Mia Wasikowski), life becomes more and more dangerous. Accompanied by his miniature horse, Butterscotch, and drunkard companion, Parson Henry (David Zellner), the lines between hero, villain and damsel in distress become more and more blurred in this comic reinvention of the classic western movie.Written by
DeAlan Wilson www.ComedyE.com
Strange and peculiar, but interesting enough to keep you watching.
Robert Pattinson has established himself as one of the most interesting actors of the indie business these years, and even though previous efforts such as "Good Time" or "The Rover" have been significantly stronger than his newest performance in the comedic western "Damsel", that's mostly due only to the weaknesses of the script and not Pattinson's acting in particular. In fact, "Damsel" is a very peculiar movie; the viewer never knows what to expect from it, which is its strength and its weakness in the same instance, for as much as the viewer doesn't quite seem to know exactly which kind of story the movie tries to tell, the movie doesn't seem to know it either. It is, however, a very stylistic exercise in connecting two genres, comedy and western, and since I cannot remember any film since "Blazing Saddles" and Richard Donner's "Maverick" which managed such a combination in a good way, it's definitely remarkable that the Zellner brothers keep this from being an absolute disaster. It's worth watching during every single second, and even when it's rather slow and boring at times, the comedic undertone still allows it to become surprisingly entertaining. "Damsel" will not find a huge audience, but I don't think anyone of the crew expected such a strange, peculiar film to turn into a hit. Its current IMDb rating (5.6), however, doesn't do the film justice, but then, it's pretty easy to see why people would dislike it. I personally liked it in spite of its mistakes, so I would recommend to anyone stumbling upon this review to give this little indie western a try and enjoy it.
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