New Release Review- Slow West, 2015

Avaliable from 2nd November on Virgin Movies, eir Vision Movies, TalkTalk Box Office, Amazon Instant Video, blinkbox and iTunes.

I don’t know about you but I love a good Western, and I cannot be more excited that it’s making a come back. Don’t believe me? Check out the trailers for The Revenant and The Hateful Eight.

John Maclean’s Slow West isn’t some snail- paced stereotypical Western film as the name suggests. In reality this film is packed full with great actors (Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit- McPhee to name two) with enough compelling story and visual to make this a great movie. It’s tense and stylish with just a touch of humor. As a directorial debut John Maclean has certainly proved himself as both a great writer and a wonderful director.

When Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit- McPhee) travels to America to find his lost love he meets Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) and some strange, almost father- son style relationship ensues. With a great score we move through the story with them, witnessing the horrors they do and ending up in an all- out gun fight. What a brilliant 84 minutes of film! Slow West propels it’s self mostly on minimal dialogue and striking characters, but that’s not all this film has to offer. It’s also almost Romantic, and it’s definitely cynical, a little dark, but at the same time there’s some kind of good feeling behind it all.

Slow West is a cool film, visually engaging with strong characters and a feeling behind it that makes you wish it was a little longer than 84 minutes.

4.5/ 5



  1. Everyone’s gotta love a good Western, I’m hanging out to catch Bone Tomahawk looks like a load of fun. I just couldn’t believe they shot Slow West in New Zealand, but they got away with it looked ace.


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