Slow West

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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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At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.(C) A24 Films

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  • 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.

    Oct 14, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's a work of rare purity, directness and concision - a pity that it's lumbered with that slightly deceptive, off-putting title. Slow it's not.

    Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The western may be about as relevant to American society as the ability to lasso a rampaging steer, but the genre refuses to die. Instead it evolves, taking on new meanings with each new incarnation.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • That magical combo: a debut feature that knows exactly where it's going and leaves you wanting more.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's only slow in the way a rattlesnake or a predatory killer is slow. This terrific film is actually tense, twisty and brilliant.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Essentially an old-school Western with some interesting tweaks, Slow West -- the debut feature from musician-turned-filmmaker John Maclean -- is a simple story told, yes, slowly. But it offers a bang-up finish.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jim Slotek

    Toronto Sun
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