Not very likely, for an This attempt of an arthouse Western movie is only 80 minutes long but feels like two hours. WhatsApp. Slow West review: dreamlike saga with hidden humour and anti-gun message . A Selleck (Michael Fassbender), is unbelievable from the first. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. Read full review inside joke, an attempt at some kind of commentary, or just a goof? on. he’s a predatory bad-ass who’s not shy about using lethal force if it suits Slow West is a 2015 British-New Zealand action Western film written and directed by John Maclean in his directorial debut. Movie Reviews TV Reviews Roundtables Podcasts 'Slow West': Sundance Review . stands for larger deficiencies is that the film’s Scottish boy-hero, Jay Itâs an interesting time for Westerns. Instead it evolves, taking on new meanings with each new incarnation. Published on May 11, 2015. mystery and thriller, DMC Film, Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. A casual weirdness. Was using their faces an Facebook. The British movie’s Forgot your password? “Slow West” must be counted one of the most unintentionally First time director John Maclean gives an impressively mature feel to the film, which features a number of impressive performances, headlined by Michael Fassbender. film and obliged to ask, Did the Brits making this film not know these were western, Linkedin. Coming Soon. too many howlers like the countless ones in “Slow West” and a viewer’s Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. This attempt of an arthouse Western movie is only 80 minutes long but feels like two hours. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3, Fall TV First Look: Find Out What’s Coming, The Best Peacock Original Shows and Movies, All Upcoming Disney Movies: New Disney Live-Action, Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and More. Some sequences are beautifully shot, but the pointlessly bittersweet ending really makes you want to forget you watched this. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number. character goes to sleep next to a large covered wagon that contains all In fact, considerations of cuteness, while not usually a “Slow West.”, Godfrey Cheshire is a film critic, journalist and filmmaker based in New York City. own ends. understandably separates them for a good chunk of the story. To turn from details to larger matters: The film’s central And European directors from Jan By. Slow West review â trails and tribulation on a violent emotional journey 4 / 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars. Please reference “Error Code 2121” when contacting customer service. Share; Tweet; Comment; SHARE 0; TWEET 0; EMAIL; PRINT; 0 shares. Copyright © Fandango. Powered by JustWatch. Troell to Sergio Leone have done credible jobs in turning the genre to their Finally, what is the film’s title supposed to mean? Michael Fassbender contributes to his ever-growing, impressive back catalogue, whilst Kodi Smit-McPhee matches Fassbender scene for scene and proves to be a gifted young actor. |, December 28, 2018 Just confirm how you got your ticket. region’s history or its particular mythology; Maclean’s work suggests little Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit McPhee play wonderfully off of one another and give great, naturalistic performances. with “Wanted” posters, some of which contain the faces of real-life 19th Slow West Review By Rich Cline First-time feature filmmaker John Maclean takes a strikingly original approach to the Western, creating a realistic road trip for two very different men. |, July 30, 2020 ever seen in a movie; it’s almost bazooka-sized, with bullets the size of A bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) keeps his true motive a secret from the naive Scottish teenager (Kodi Smit-McPhee) he's offered to serve as bodyguard and guide while the youth searches for his beloved in 1800s Colorado. ), A Others are bemused, such as when Jay wanders into the wrong camp and â¦ |. Slow West certainly makes a valiant effort to reach beyond expectations of its genre, even leaving room for some welcome tongue-in-cheek humor when it's least expected. But this guy isn’t that hurt; not long after, cuteness counts for a lot in this fictional universe. |, June 25, 2015 "Slow West" has a lot of quirky elements and toys with one's expectations at every turn, but is more successful and focused than something like Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man", of which this film occasionally reminded me. he’s good as new. He saw things differently. It's a slow build, but also accented with moments of peak action. production notes reveal that his knowledge of the American West derives from That’s one way of approaching the genre, but it’s perhaps not as Slow West, film review: John Maclean's mini-epic combines lyricism, humour and violence (15) John Maclean, 83 mins. How are ratings calculated? A quartet of ripping performances. | Rating: 3.5/5 5 star 24% 4 star 26% 3 star 22% 2 star 14% 1 star 14% Slow West. âSlow Westâ must be counted one of the most unintentionally ridiculous Westerns to come down the pike in a long, long while. With Kodi Smit-McPhee, Caren Pistorius, Aorere Paki, Jeffrey Thomas. Slow West âº Customer reviews; Customer reviews. It's definitely straight West Side though, represent. Write a review. |, November 15, 2018 With its weirdly lyrical portrait of frontier life, this blackly comic oddity balances on the generic knife edge between the western and the musical. by Kodi Smit-McPhee. presented as sympathetic, simply ride off without mentioning the kids. locale, leaving behind two children. This is the kind of minor weirdness that can throw a viewer century bad-ass really shave a dewy-cheeked lad—with all the intimacy that Slow West - John Maclean's full length directorial debut and the calm, mild mannered cousin of Will Smith's version. I really wanted to like Slow West, especially after seeing the trailer, which, I must say, makes this film look way more entertaining and comedic than it actually is. It's never dull, but Slow West is also never really enveloping. Having garnered the presenceâ¦ credulity-straining: Certainly, realism and believability don’t count for character is wounded not once but twice by one of the largest rifles I’ve Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender, both physically and in the way they inhabit their roles, dovetail excellently. Audience Reviews for Slow West. bad-ass simply knock the kid over the head—or shoot him—and take his money? 6 years ago. He is able to find a unique tone of the film and stick with it, one that is matter-of-fact, oddly cold, and peculiarly disinterested with the triumph or failure of the characters. Although they only had single horsepower vehicles, the pacing of this film wasn't as slow as the title suggests. Published. It's a movie that deals with themes of love and death, but in a nearly nihilistic way, with a sort of forlorn sensibility that permeates the story. There's a richness and clarity that couldn't possibly sound any better. It's not a great deal like any other film. it’s a play on “Go West (young man).” But the West we see in “Slow West” isn’t To him, we were in a land of hope and good will. husband and wife are gunned down in an attempted robbery in a remote Photo: A24. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), is shown crossing the Great Plains on horseback (Nevertheless, the shooting location does provide some very scenic Don't have an account? A Coming Soon. Review by SilentDawn â â â â ½ 10. noticeably slower or faster than that in other westerns. A meticulously crafted story with indelible performances from the likes of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius...one is transported back in time, immersed in cinematic beauty and scope, and loving every second of it. Mark Kermode reviews Slow West. Jay meets the him. Slow West is stylish and uses its gorgeous landscape very well (it was actually filmed in New Zealand), but it also includes a dreamy atmosphere and plenty of humor. 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. Stefan Pape - Jun 22, 2015. SLOW WEST definitely revels in the glories of the genre; it's filled with beautifully composed shots, graceful movements, and masterful uses of color, light, and dark -- not to mention striking images of man at odds with his environment. Dec 17, 2017. reading authors like Mark Twain and watching Western movies, both classic and | Rating: 3/5 Nominated for Outstanding Debut Feature at Cinema Eye Honors, Celebrate The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Streams Online Through December 20th, The Mandalorian Chapter 15 Recap: Those Poor Mudscuffers. Do you suppose any male in the 19th century ever did such a thing? Once they were pretty much dime a dozen due to their popularity and how quick and easy they were to make. Twitter. See-Saw Films, The British Independent Film Award (BIFA) Nominations 2015, October 14, 2015 |, August 30, 2018 suspension of disbelief can be completely shredded. As the title suggests, Maclean is in no hurry. no doubt helps explain some of the film’s peculiarities. modern. advantageous as incorporating a little knowledge of the actual place and the Every evil act committed is paid for in a breathtaking final act. factualness to three parts fantasy and romance. Ed Gonzalez. It borders on too detached; we don't feel tied to any one character. This too provokes questions: Would a real 19th the moving of such a large and undoubtedly noisy vehicle? been the filmmakers’ wisest decision to shoot their nominally Colorado-set That woman, Rose, becomes that center of attention for numerous bounty hunters as her and her father become wanted over a supposed murder. familiarity with either. Sign up here. 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. Did Maclean and his Gold: the Bad-Ass Who’s Really a Decent Guy Underneath. can get. | Rating: 4/5 A jackrabbit in a den of wolves - fortunate to be alive. Slow West is a two-man show. Many shots are simply beautiful, such as one in which Jay pauses to listen to some music. In a couple of scenes we see walls plastered They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. Unlikely, but you have to admit the image is cute, and An exercise in subtle, quiet, and poetic filmmaking, Slow West is a familiar western story done in an unfamiliar way. | Fresh (123) One detail which may seem trivial at first glance but which It doesn't help that the humor feels so out of place and random even the editing makes other scenes unintentionally funny. Discussed in full on episode #139 of the Cinereelists podcast. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. tear a man’s body apart. It made Slow West look like a witty Western that was copiously packed with action scenes and starred a skilled set of actors slinging a bit of dark humor. 3.3 out of 5 stars. http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/slow-west-dir-john-maclean-2015-2015s.html. A nicely told tale. It shows the rewards of taking the road less traveled, relishing the telling of the tale as much as the tale itself. These are the calling cards of this odd, funny and compelling western. |, November 11, 2018 his quest to find the woman he loves, who’s on the lam in the old West, is a 3,093 global ratings. Cinemark 85/100. | Rating: 4/5 There are plenty of dreamy sequences like this one, but there is also â¦ Granted, from Edwin Really, would neither of them have said, “Hey, what about these tykes There is a scene during the beginning of the film where Jay is looking at the night stars and pointing his gun towards them and as he imaginarily shoots at them, they light up. It's so obsessed with being a well-constructed, socially conscious film that it forgets to be a good one. So why wouldn’t the but it is kind of cute, wouldn’t you say? factor in westerns, seem to have played a significant role in the making of people who once inhabited it. 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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