Slow West

May 15, 2015

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in SLOW WEST.

Directed by: John Maclean

Written by: John Maclean

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius

Rating: R

Running Time: 84 minutes

First-time writer/director John Maclean has crafted one of the best films of 2015–and it’s a Western! You can’t always say that about Westerns. This particular genre has specific rules that just about everyone knows. In order for it to be novel in a sea of films it has to be clever, and Maclean accomplishes this feat with humor, a good dramatic story, and an excellent cast. The film is set in the 19th Century American frontier. Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee ), a young Scottish man, travels to the United States and ventures through the midwest to be with his first love. Guiding him is the always amazing Michael Fassbender who plays Silas Selleck, a roguish fella with ulterior motives. Ben Mendelsohn who plays Payne, is the film’s resident bad guy.

Grade: A-

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