Slow West

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius
Directed By: John Maclean

Slow West starts out as a pretty self fulfilling prophecy. Slow. But, you really need to give it a full chance because Slow West is one of the most visually rewarding films of the year. It’s not one of the best movies of the year. It’s sort of a wandering script that ends up trying to beat you over the head with metaphors (like pouring actual salt into a wound), but it is one of the most visually striking films I’ve seen this year. Probably second to only Mad Max: Fury Road.

The acting is on point. Fassbender and Smit-McPhee both are fantastic. They’ll both be forgotten about by the end of the year. They’re good performances, but not awards worthy. Just, another thumbs up on their resumes. For the average film goer, I’m not sure if Slow West has much to offer. Its attempt to offer a slow meditation on life leaves a film that’s not even 90 minutes long feel draggy.

If you’re a film buff, you’ll enjoy how the film was shot. It’s like moving paintings. This film definitely deserves some tech award consideration. Slow West is one of those Sundance type films that just gets lost when it hits theatrical release. Not really a fair verdict for a film that looks this good.

FINAL GRADE: B

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