Damsel (2024) Movie Review: A story of dragons and princesses that doesn’t quite convince

Damsel
Molly Se-kyung

Damsel is a film starring Millie Bobby Brown. With Nick Robinson, Robin Wright, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Angela Bassett. It is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

It’s a classic story, adapted to modern times, that remains a tale of princesses, dragons, and good and evil, very evil. It’s a youth-oriented story that would be perfect for a Friday night with the whole family… if the movie had more complexity in its plot and characters. Did we like it? It wasn’t the movie of our lives, and we don’t believe it will be yours either.

Damsel
Damsel

Plot

By the way, the best performance in the movie is by an actress named Shohreh Aghdashloo, with a magnificent voice worthy of a dragoness. Everything seems happy and almost like a fairy tale when a young princess from an impoverished kingdom receives a marriage proposal. This would save her people from poverty. But when the marriage takes place, she discovers a great secret of the family, which pays tribute to an ancient and ruthless dragon (or dragoness), to which they sacrifice.

Movie Review

A movie created for the big star, Millie Bobby Brown, who shines in a role that, on the other hand, is not very prominent due to the script. She does well and is in her element, but it’s a script that doesn’t allow for interpretative displays or a role that is too complex. The same goes for the movie, which lacks complexity and simply offers us a dragon story to please the producers who wanted a dragon movie. The objective was achieved commercially, as it has great marketing and exceptional distribution (we’re talking about the Netflix premiere on a Friday, no less). However, artistically, the movie disappoints, especially in its script. It also lacks aesthetic ambitions, limiting itself to being a movie about dragons and princesses with more CGI effects than script, which is easily forgotten once seen. It takes a while to get started and, once it does, it disappoints in terms of action, taking place almost entirely in the dragon’s lair. It has great supporting actors, like Robin Wright and Angela Bassett, but as is the case in dragon movies, the star is the one who voices the dragon, an actress named Shohreh Aghdashloo whom we loved. Oh, and without giving any spoilers, if you’re still a fan of Daenerys Targaryen, you’ll like the ending.

Our Opinion

We were disappointed by its excessive simplicity in the script and overall treatment. It’s more concerned with not breaking the rules than with surprising the audience, and it ends up being a forgettable story.

Where to Watch “Damsel”

Netflix

About Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown
Millie Bobby Brown in Damsel (2024)

In the realm of Hollywood, where talent and charisma reign supreme, there are few rising stars as captivating as Millie Bobby Brown. With her extraordinary acting prowess and undeniable charm, Millie has swiftly risen to prominence, captivating audiences around the world. From her breakout role in the hit series “Stranger Things” to her impressive filmography and philanthropic endeavors, Millie Bobby Brown has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. Read more

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Molly Se-kyung is a novelist and film and television critic. She is also in charge of the style sections. Contact: molly (@) martincid (.) com
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