Damsel (2024) Movie: In Distress, Lady Fights Back Courageously

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In the “Damsel”, Princess Elodie (Millie Bobby Brown) is in distress, but the lady fights back courageously. Also, a fire-breathing Dragon makes an appearance in this American film.

This 2024 movie is based on the 2023 Damsel novel by Evelyn Skye. In her revolutionary twist on traditional fantasy, a courageous young woman (damsel Elodie) confronts the formidable dragon single-handedly. “Once upon a time…” the usual fairy tale of our childhood days was turned on its head in this novel and film, quite literary.

Trailer of the Damsel (2024) Movie

Official Trailer – Damsel (2024) Film – Netflix | YouTube.

Synopsis [Official] of the Damsel (2024) Movie

A dutiful damsel Elodie (Millie Bobby Brown) agrees to marry a handsome prince, only to find the royal family has recruited her as a sacrifice to repay an ancient debt. Thus, a young woman’s marriage to a charming prince turns into a fierce fight for survival when she’s offered up as a sacrifice to a fire-breathing dragon. Thrown into a cave with a fire-breathing dragon, she must rely on her wits and will to survive.

Rating of the Damsel (2024) Movie

FM Rating3.25/5
FM Short CommentsThe young actress Millie Bobby Brown plays the solo lead role of the damsel Elodie with a lot of energy and gumption. We have seen Millie performing similar heroic roles in the past. The talented cast of Angela Bassett, Ray Winstone, Brooke Carter, Robin Wright, etc. supported Millie quite well in this fascinating take on the fantasy tale. Its target audience will like it.
Damsel (2024) Film – FM Rating

Spoiler Free Review of the Damsel (2024) Movie

The introduction

In this imaginative take on the fantasy story, the unusual sinister machination dominates the film’s storyline. In addition, the popular stereotyping about – Stepmothers, Prince Charming, Bad Dragons, Happily Ever After, etc. has been debunked in the movie. However, the ending in the film is slightly different than that of the said book.

Extra info. about its storyline

Damsel Elodie is a loyal and obedient individual, who willingly accepts the proposal of marrying a charming prince. However, her perception takes a drastic turn when she realizes that this entire scenario was cunningly orchestrated to ensnare her. The royal family cunningly conscripts her as a sacrificial offering to settle an age-old debt. Consequently, she finds herself thrust into a treacherous cave, inhabited by a fearsome dragon capable of spewing fire. Her survival hinges solely on her intellect and determination in this dire situation. And, not to forget, a little bit of positivity and lady luck.

“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.”

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Director

We found a major hole as well as inspiration in its storyline

Usually, we do not use harsh words while reviewing any movie in our Focus Magazine. So, we are not going to start now. But we cannot help but share the plot holes with you all.

Basic premises of its plotline seem questionable – (hole) Spoilers Alert

After watching the film, we wondered aloud that there is no necessity to wed princesses (Elodie and others from around the world) when they can select any ordinary girl and perform a blood ritual by cutting her. Thereby mixing their blood to scam the blood-thirsty Dragon. The central concept of engaging in a marriage charade seems utterly pointless and illogical to us.

First scene between Elodie and Dragon – (inspiration) Spoilers Alert

The first time Elodie comes face to face with the dragon parallels the interaction between Bilbo and Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) film.

Two more scenes involving the Dragon – (inspiration) Spoilers Alert

We think, two specific sequences of the “Dragon” in this film bear a resemblance to the “Game of Thrones” (2011-2019) Series.

In the first instance, damsel Elodie is seen walking in the shadow of a dragon, which is reminiscent of Daenerys Targaryen.

And then in the second instance, the final scene, Elodie navigates the seas on a boat (traditional wooden ship), accompanied by a dragon unfurling its wings nearby.

Maybe in future, we shall share our review of the “Game of Thrones” show. Meanwhile, you can check the prequel of the same “House Of The Dragon” series.

The conclusion

In the end, Elodie accompanies her sister and stepmother back home, where she now affectionately refers to her stepmother as “mother” in a touching moment. The dragon gracefully flies beside their ship, an unexpected companion in Elo die’s journey towards maturity. We are sure that the younger generation of movie-goers, who are fans of “Dungeons & Dragons” movies or “GOT” or “House of The Dragons” series in the past, will like this. It is a completely time-pass entertaining fantasy film and we liked it.

Poster of the Damsel (2024) Movie

Damsel (2024) Film – Poster

Key Details about the Damsel (2024) Movie

GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy
Original languageEnglish (USA)
ReleasedMarch 8, 2024
Duration1 hour 50 minutes
WriterDan Mazeau
DirectorJuan Carlos Fresnadillo
CastMillie Bobby Brown (Elodie), Angela Bassett (Lady Bayford), Ray Winstone (Lord Bayford), Brooke Carter (Floria), Robin Wright (Queen Isabelle), Nick Robinson (Prince Henry), Milo Twomey (King Roderick), Nicole Joseph (Princess Victoria), Ezra Faroque Khan (Local Guide), etc.
TaglinesThis is not a fairytale.
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