Slow West review

  • 23/05/2015

The darling of Sundance and critics alike, this charming wee dalliance of a Western finally arrives back home to the place of its birth.

Shot in the South Island, Slow West stars Michael Fassbender opposite Kodi Smit-McPhee, as a pair of unlikely companions navigating the violent perils of the wild west of Colorado.

They are on two very separate missions; one for money, one for love.

Fassbender's Silas is a man of few words and many bullets, protecting the young sweet lovestruck Jay to his own ends.

Jay on the other hand, his outlook on life, and death, and love, couldn't be more different, risking everything for the woman he loves.

Soon, even Silas will be find that despite all his best intentions, he might still have a heart himself.

Along with our leading men, the gorgeous McKenzie Country delivers a fine performance here too, inhabiting the role of the Wild West frontier with a poetic and evocative ease.

There are so many memorable bite-sized little morsels of joy here, delivered by the script, the cast and the production itself.

The story and its delivery feels so fresh, and the stand-out moments seem to burst out from nowhere.

This might be a little trifle for some, but I found plenty to love.

Four stars.

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     Slow West
:: Director: John Maclean
:: Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorious, Ben Mendelsohn, Rory McCann, Brooke Williams, Alex Macqueen
:: Rating: R13 - Violence & offensive language
:: Running Time: 84 minutes
:: Release Date: May 21, 2015

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