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Slow West [DVD]
Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee star in this Western from writer/director John Maclean, who makes his feature debut. Set in the late 1800s, the story follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he goes on a journey from Scotland to America, traveling across the Wild West in an attempt to find his sweetheart Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius), who was forced to leave the country with her father John (Rory McCann) following an accident. Jay meets the mysterious Silas Selleck (Fassbender) along the way and the two team up as they face the harsh environment and a band of bounty hunters.Technical Specs: Languages(s): EnglishInteractive Menu

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  1. Sam Vimes says:

    4 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Quite an enjoyable western, with some nice flashback scenes to Scotland, but I think the real star was the New Zealand landscape which presented quite a believable view of what the Old West might have looked like. Fassbender was pretty good as the bounty hunter with a soft heart, but the whole cast was entertaining to watch, and the heart-wrenching little tragedies were well played too – like the scene where the desperate Swedish couple try to hold up a trading post; very sad, but you get a glimpse of what life must have been like in those times. The scene with the Congolese singers was nicely done too, even though I was left wondering why they were there – I guess they were meant to be ex-slaves heading for a better life in the west. The ending was a little unexpected, but I’m not going to spoil it for you here…

  2. E. Kelly says:

    5 Out of 5 Star Rating

    Slow West [DVD] (DVD)

    Do not expect one of those tradition ‘cowboy-land’ formats as this is more like one of those art house movies made up of a patchwork quilt of scenes held together by the thread of the basic storyline. I found it a very entertaining story of a naive young Scots lad landing on the east coast of the USA in the mid 19th century and travelling west to get to the girl he regarded as his sweetheart when she too had originally lived in Scotland. His naivety and youthful optimism is an essential ingredient whilst he encounters all the morally corrupt characters imaginable on his long quest, one of whom is a bounty hunter who has the interests of the lad’s survival at heart because of a completely different personal agenda. I couldn’t possibly inform you of the eventual outcome except that it is not what I, you, or the Scots lad himself would ever have expected. You can only follow your dreams so far before they are destroyed by the cruellest ironies of fate and someone else ends up living happily ever after instead. C’est la vie.

    Eamonn

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