Slow West

Kodi Smit-McPhee is a Scottish lad who has travelled to the centre of America to find his love who has fled there. He is soon taken under the wing of the bristly Michael Fassbender who is willing to serve as his guide although he would appear to possibly have other motives.

2015 is turning into somewhat of a renaissance year for the western. With “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”, “The Salvation”, Tarantino’s upcoming feature “The Hateful Eight” and now Slow West. And Slow West is another impeccable entry to this cannon.

Yet again New Zealand has emerged as one of the leading roles in a recent film. While Slow West is set in America, it is entirely shot in New Zealand and wow is this a good advert for New Zealand. The film is absolutely gorgeous and is just so beautifully shot that you could take stills of every single moment in the film and all of them would work as standalone pictures. And you make think that this might draw away from the actual plot and drama of the movie. But you don’t because the film engages you at every turn, whether it be with strange jarring and random bits of violence or equally strange pieces of slapstick humour. It is funny, it is sad but mostly it is really odd.

Michael Fassbender yet again is proving himself as possibly the greatest working actor at the moment with another subtle performance and a perfect accent. Kodi Smit-McPhee is building very nicely on the promise he showed in the Road. And Ben Mendelsohn puts in another fantastically slimy performance as the piece’s principal antagonist. Performances of the background cast are also all very strong.

Overall, I really loved Slow West and I think you will too. It’s a proper oddball indie western movie with gorgeous cinematography and stellar performances.

9/10

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