Damsels in Distress (2011)- Whit Stillman
Verdict: Think about it.
Whit Stillman’s latest film doesn’t quite live up to the expectations set by its predecessors. But those are difficult expectations to live up to. Stillman’s three other films are some of the best comedies ever made.
Damsels follows a group of college women who want to make the world a better and happier place through dance (and intelligent conversation). The set up is perfect for a Stillman film, and you’ll find some great off beat laughs, perspectives, and a few standout performances, but Damsels, for me, didn’t transition well into the information age. For a film that deals with certain modern norms, it feels strangely like it came from another generation. It also relies on more two dimensional characters than Stillman’s films have before.
This is to me definitely Stillman’s weakest film, but it’s still a Stillman film. And the world needs more of them. A lot more. Think about it.