Praise be for independent films. This probably isn’t something that will be on many people’s radars because its not exactly popular. I saw this a few weeks back and actually forgot to write a review so here goes. I haven’t seen anything from David Zellner although I have wanted to watch Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter since forever. After watching Damsel I’ve got to say this is actually a really sharply funny and interesting take on a western.
The film starts off being about a man who brings a present (a miniature horse) for his lover. He also hires a drunk pastor to officiate their wedding. When he does travel the land to visit her he realizes that things may not be so straight forward. Now we get a film that covers death, love, and random occurrences that happen on the characters’ journey in the West. The film stars Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, and David Zellner (the director of the film).
Went in not really knowing what to expect, which is actually a great thing because you don’t have any expectations. I found points of this film to be extremely entertaining. Its a funny western. The characters, their actions, and consequences are humorous. The film also pulls no punches as there are plenty of surprises in plot along the way. You can’t really judge Pattinson on Twilight fame because he was fantastic in Good Time and shows that he has a knack to be a funny dope in Damsel. Mia Wasikowska is one of my favorite actresses today and I think she’s absolutely excellent in everything and she is quality here as a foul mouthed, independent, gun wielding damsel in this film.
I do like most western’s but its not often I can see a uniquely entertaining and funny one. That is the case here and I love how the film wasn’t afraid to take risks with its characters and the events in the film. Its fresh and pretty fantastic. I’m close to giving this film an 8/10, but I think I need to give it a re-watch before giving it that seal of approval. I really need to get on watching Kumiko now.