August Keller


Damsel, starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, is an unorthodox story set in an unorthodox genre. Because this film operates with so much cleverness and self-awareness, its only weakness is being occasionally overdone. Many cast members (especially Wasikowska) revel in their roles, bringing this coy story and its poignant subjects to life. Many surprises in the journey are both engaging and provoking; meanwhile, the scenic imagery, concise cinematography and fitting score build a rustic atmosphere. By most accounts, Damsel is a highly proficient movie.

Because Damsel packages significant themes in a well-crafted genre piece, it is easy to appreciate. However, there are moments where the film preaches a bit too much, making Damsel sometimes feels redundant and sanctimonious. Audiences cannot deny the social messages being conveyed in this movie but some scenes simply felt repetitive and unnecessary. Overall, Damsel comes with its flaws but is an interesting and cunning ride.

Writing: 8/10
Direction: 7/10
Cinematography: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Editing: 6/10
Sound: 7/10
Score/Soundtrack: 7/10
Production Design: 7/10
Casting: 9/10
Effects: 7/10

Overall Score: 7.5/10