Damsel review

The trailer for the upcoming Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska-starring western Damsel has just hit the web. The film first debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and then went on to greet European audiences at the Berlin Film Festival back in February.

Samuel Alabaster (Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry (David Zellner) and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

We reviewed the film positively upon our initial viewing back in Berlin – you can read the full review here – saying the following:

The film is absolutely a film of two halves and, without giving away the massive plot twist hallway in, takes you on a pleasing journey where you don’t quite know what’s around the corner. There are laughs to be had, but rather than side-splitting laugh-out-loud moments, you’re more likely to smirk at the comedy, but smirk you will – a lot.

The tone of the film may not be for everyone – there were a few groans as the credits started to roll he in Berlin – and the pacing may be an issue for more mainstream audiences, but Damsel offers something unique, something a little different and throws in enough curve-balls during its fairy tight running time to keep the viewer interested throughout. A light-hearted, often funny, and very original and look at the western genre.

Watch the new Damsel trailer below (along with the new poster). The film will be released in U.S. cinemas on 22nd June 2018. It is still awaiting a UK release date.