When we think of Westerns, we tend to imagine long, wistful
shots of arid turf and stolid, work-hardened men engaging in imprecise gun
battles. Slow West has the former in bucket-loads, choosing to savour the Wild
West’s more romanticised elements before inevitably resorting to all-out
It’s just about the most aptly titled Western to come out of
the last few years, and that’s certainly not meant in any pejorative sense. Slow
West is like a stick of dynamite with a really long fuse – it’s a slow burner,
but once it explodes, it’s a light show that’s really worth sticking around
That’s not to say that the lead up to the film’s cabin
shootout isn’t gripping – it’s only because
Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee are so compelling that the
inevitable violence feels so important. Their relationship borrows a lot from
True Grit’s central couple, but it also adds several layers, drawing
interesting parallels between two very distinct portrayals of masculinity.
Liam is a writer and cranberry juice drinker from Lincolnshire. When he's not wearing his eyes away in front of a computer, he plays the melodica for a semi wrestling-themed folk-punk band called School Trips.