[Web-Dorado_Zoom] [print_link]
October 20, 2020 | Rome, Italy

Slow West

By | 2018-03-21T19:06:18+01:00 June 13th, 2015|Reviews|
Slow West: New Zealander John MacLean constructs a brooding Western made from quirky parts.

3

Date: 2015

Director: John MacLean

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Karen Pistorius, Rory McCann

John MacLean’s odd but engaging Western tells the story of Jay Cavandish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), an upper crust Scottish teen who in 1870 troupes Westward Ho in search of his peasant-girl true love Rose (Karen Pistorius), who’s fled Scotland for the homestead life in America with father (Rory McCann) after a dispute leaves Jay’s father dead. In the Colorado territories, Jay comes across Silas (Michael Fassbender), who ferries him toward the father-daughter. What he doesn’t know is that Silas is a bounty hunter after the $2,000 reward on the Scottish duo’s head. Along the way, the odd couple meets a satchel of eccentric figures — philosophical outlaws, laconic injuns, West African musicians, armed and wandering families — all in the thrall of the region’s shoot-first primitivism. “In a short time, this will be a long time ago,” a writer chronicling the “aborigines” tells Joey along the way. But a long time will be a short time for Joey, since thunderstorms and bloodbaths loom – the climax handled with awkward beauty.

New Zealander MacLean is true to the slowness of his West, inching his men forward (Fassbender looking like a kind man’s Clint Eastwood). But Maclean also possesses moody, bizarre touch, merging aspects of the work of Sam Peckinpah, Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson. This is a little movie that gradually sheds its slightness, leaving a sweet, sad and moody mark.

About the Author:

Marcia Yarrow
A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.

Share This

Share this post with your friends!