Slow West (2015)
Critic Consensus: Slow West serves as an impressive calling card for first-time writer-director John M. Maclean -- and offers an inventive treat for fans of the Western.
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Critic Reviews for Slow West
Slow West crescendos into a bravura shootout between all the involved parties, and it's as gorgeous, nihilistic, and brutally sad as the rest of the film.
Slow West derives its strength not only from its multi-layered story but also from its spectacular visuals of a geography, which simultaneously seems subliminally awe-inspiring and menacing.
This quirky, confident Western belies the fact it is the director's first feature, and marks him out as one to watch.
It may skimp on its characters, but with a mostly successful amalgamation of various tones, Slow West is a beautiful and bold shot in the arm for the genre.
Audience Reviews for Slow West
Every now and again comes a film wherein all the characters are chasing something they want, and often that thing needn't be much of anything. So is the case here where we are introduced to several different types of folks, all in search of the same thing, in this case $2000, which may not seem like a lot now but back then was quite a lot. A nicely told tale.
A more than impressive debut for John Maclean, who revisits the Western genre in an intense story about a long gone time of violence and death, showing the West in its raw brutality but with a lot of dark humor, and backed by a beautiful cinematography and great sound design.
A bold, exciting, fun and wonderfully original directional debut from Director, John M. Maclean. Maclean shoots like Wes Anderson and has the Coen Brothers gritty storytelling. A fresh, darkly comic and pistol-whipping western with heart and great characters. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender are absolutely excellent. They have a charming and unique chemistry to them. I really enjoyed this movie its colorful edge, beautiful landscapes and compelling story. A sharp and vastly enjoyable movie.
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