April 10, 2016
United Kingdom/New Zealand
Director: John Maclean
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn
Runtime: 108 minutes
Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize. London Critics Circle Film Awards: Breakthrough Filmmaker. 2 other award wins, 11 nominations.
“There’s more to the story than meets the bull’s eye in Slow West, a brainy and genre-defying western by newcomer John Maclean comprar viagra sin receta medica.”—Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Young, Scottish greenhorn Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is making his way across wild Colorado, heading west in pursuit of his love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Jay happens upon grizzled Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) who offers to guide hapless Jay for a fee. Jay soon finds that he’s in over his head far more than he realized. .
Unbeknownst to Jay, Rose and her father John (Rory McCann) have a price on their heads, and Silas is actually a bounty hunter. There are other outlaws looking to cash in as well, including Silas’ old mentor, Payne (Ben Mendelsohn). An all out shoot out between the competing parties ensues, as Jay rushes to defend his love.
First-time feature director Maclean manages a delicate balancing act of orchestrating gunplay and death infused with a hefty measure of heart. But what makes Slow West ultimately so entertaining is how much the film goes against expectations, and for a Western—that’s no small feat.
Fassbender’s Silas, seemingly cold and curt, reveals to have some evolving personal integrity, and a knack for a comic aside. Smit-McPhee takes Jay beyond pathetic and upward to determined and noble. Newcomer Caren Pistorius as Rose has little screen-time but owns it when she has it. She is one of many welcome surprises to be found in Slow West.