It could have been easy to write off Robert Pattison after the Twilight movies, but he’s come out the other side as one of the most promising dramatic actors of his generation. His latest film, Damsel, takes Pattinson to the old west where he seeks to marry his sweetheart after winning her over with a miniature horse. Admittedly, it’s one of the stranger ideas we’ve seen in a while, but the trailer sets up an engaging and endearing story. Aside from Butterscotch, the horse, the film stars Mia Wasikowska, and David Zellner.

It’s the age of The Wild West, circa 1870. An affluent pioneer, Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) ventures deep into the American wilderness to reunite with and marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). For his journey, he brings Butterscotch, a miniature horse intended as a wedding present for his bride, and enlists drunkard Parson Henry (David Zellner) to conduct the ceremony. As they traverse the lawless frontier their once simple journey grows treacherous, and the lines between hero, villain, and damsel are blurred. A loving reinvention of the western genre from the Zellner brothers (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), DAMSEL showcases their trademark unpredictability, off-kilter sense of humor, and unique brand of humanism.

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