Modern reinventions of the Western remind me of why I loved them so much when I was a child. “Slow West” gives you a real sense of wide open spaces, full of danger.
Kodi Smit-McPhee plays innocent Jay, traipsing across the Wild West in search of his lost love. Jay, his girl and her dad are all meant to be Scottish, yet their accents are all over the place. Don’t let this bother you.
Michael Fassbender is Silas, an outlaw who decides to protect Jay. His motivation is getting the bounty placed on the heads of Jay’s girl and her dad.
Ben Mendelsohn has a striking small role as Payne, another outlaw.
There are loads of striking scenes that pull at your emotions. It’s beautifully filmed and director and writer John Maclean is worth watching out for, in future.
The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse all stayed respectfully silent and seemed to enjoy it.
My Very Intelligent friend liked it. For me, sections worked beautifully yet certain scenes lingered too long.
This is a movie that will work well on TV. The twists and turns will give you plenty to talk about.
It’s a brave attempt to capture the spirit of exploration and the romance of travel, in difficult conditions.
Viewers who are easily affected by violence may feel uncomfortable, at times. I did.
It may or may not bother you that the light is wrong, for the American West. It’s filmed in New Zealand.