Wednesday, 10 June 2015

SLOW WEST (2015)

A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide. -- IMDB

A western with a difference! I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh look at the American West through the eyes of a Scottish man (boy, really) who naively sets out to find his true love who has left Scotland because she is accused of murder. Kodi Smit-McPhee is excellent as Jay Cavendish who is "escorted" through the harsh wilderness by Silas Selleck, played superbly by Michael Fassbender. The story is wonderfully unpredictable, shot through with humour. The cinematography is beautiful and the direction is tightly controlled. There are two particularly dramatic, superbly choreographed set pieces that are full of tension. Excellent and highly recommended.


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