Some of the best fantasy films subvert the expectations of traditional fairy tales, like the Cinderella-redux “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore as a self-saving princess, or even Disney animated features like “Tangled.” However, “Damsel” looks to be dabbling in much higher stakes, with action-packed scenes of survival and A MOTHER EFFING DRAGON! Joining Millie Bobby Brown and Robin Wright are Angela Bassett as Lady Bayford, Ray Winstone as the King, and Nick Robinson as Prince Henry. The film was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) and written by Dan Mazeau (“Fast X”).
“You feel that you are experiencing the journey of surviving and facing this creature with Elodie,” Fresnadillo told Netflix. “The emotional arc is so intense.” The trailer shows Elodie running her hands across the wall of a cave showing countless names of the other women who have been sacrificed by the royal family, which makes me hope the film will take a similar approach as the horror film “Ready or Not,” and that Elodie is going to burn them all to the ground after taming the dragon.
“It’s a thrilling adventure with a really dark twist to put you on the edge of your seat,” Fresnadillo said. “As a filmmaker, one of the things I always want to do is surprise the audience with a new take on a story. Especially this kind of (traditional story) — we have to modernize those tales with new takes, more modern and real ways, to connect with the audience.”
“Damsel” arrives on Netflix on March 8, 2024.
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