Articles, Film Reviews

Slow West (2015)

I’m not sure if the western frontier of America can be described in terms of speed. In fact, the West comprises of so much territory that such a definition would be too broad to obtain accurate specificity. However, the setting of director John Maclean’s Slow West certainly does invoke an unhurried atmosphere through its depiction of the serene western landscape during an era of self-reliance and ultraviolence.
The film has a sort of reflective beauty to it that is appropriately pampered with strange humor and occasional intensity. It takes elements of other western movies and blends them together while also making its own strides through solid performances by its two lead actors, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender, and an empathetic debut for director Maclean.


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