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One of the best modern westerns
good western out of New Zealand. gets right to the point and stays there. no dawdling, although many seem to disagree. i liked the way i felt after watching this movie. a bit surprised the writer-director hasn't done either again since this film.
Not your average Western. Sad, violent, watchable.
A slow moving, but deliberately paced Western, that may actually be one of the shortest I've seen in the genre. There's an authenticity to the whole thing that's really refreshing. And everything leads to a violent conclusion that's both tragic and poetic. Fassbender and Smit-McPhee are fantastic in this.
Slow?: Yes. But it has so much to offer in it's brief 80 minute runtime. It's charismatic as heck, well-shot, violent, and well casted (Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McFee, Ben Mendelson).
The final result being less than the sum of its parts, a potentially good contemporary western is turned into a formulaic hollywoodian adventure.
Set in the 1800's, 16 year old Jay has left Scotland for the American frontier to find the girl he loves and her father who were forced to leave Scotland after an accident left their lives in danger. Travelling through the midwest, naive Jay finds himself battling the harsh environment and gangs of bandits who are looking to take what is his. He soon meets Silas, an outlaw who has his own reasons for helping Jay reach his goal and to help fight the bandits who are following Jay all the way to his destination.
Slow West was a slow build western that reaches a bloody and satisfying climax that exceeded expectations and certainly didn't head in the direction I was expecting. Both Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee were both very good in their roles. I felt that Ben Mendlesohn's character could have been fleshed out a bit more but that was my only issue. A decent take on the western that gives the genre a new set of eyes..
It's a bit boring, but the story felt real. Although the ending kind of felt stupid, it made sense for the characters.
I loved the whole inclusion of different cultures like the three black guys singing there homelands music and the portrayal of Native Americans. Oh wow, what an interesting twist. Fassbender's character is a bounty hunter and he's actually out to collect a bounty for the same girl that the teenage boy is trying to find.
I've seen a lot of Westerns but this is the first one that depicts how harsh, brutal and unforgiving it can be. That sort robbing scene with the husband and wife was intense. And then when the two left the store and they see the kids standing there waiting! Omg. The landscape shots of the mountains and the plains are beautiful. That scene where the two happen upon a guy who was crushed by a tree was priceless, so funny. And the guy that was shot dead lying on the floor with his bare ass out, hilarious.
This movie was a very fresh and original take on the Western genre. Surprisingly funny and charming at times with an inventive story to boot. This is definitely a Western that's worth watching probably more than once. Fantastic movie!
oh please: 92% on the tomato meter? no way. This movie sucked. While the visuals were nice, that's a very low bar for a friggin western: North America is beautiful and has amazing vistas. The acting was decent. The story...inane, boring, and absent any meaningful character development. Everyone was a caricature: the anti-hero former outlaw, the former mentor bad-guy, the strange sniper, the innocent kid, the noble savage, and (finally) the 2dimensional woman "love interest". Now if you think that seeing such archetypes (and human prop) interacting together might be at least interesting I will give you that; but they never really interact. everyone just postures against the scenery, bites off a few pieces to chew, and then moves on to the next scene without any cohesion. On top of that, the director's attempts at metaphor is so on the nose that you'll feel yours is broken by the end. If you like westerns, you'll be enraged. If you don't, then it is like drinking a bottle of thunderbird as an example of what wine is. This movie is not good.