Slow West Trailer Review

Slow West is the first feature film from John Maclean starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee and it’s already been a winner at Sundance.

slow westJourneying from Scotland, young Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) arrives in the new land of America traveling through the wilderness of the West, searching for Rose (Caren Pistorius) and her father. Driven from their home, Jay feels a sense of responsibility for them, not to mention that he seems to be besotted with Rose. On his way he meets Silas (Fassbender), who forces Jay to hire him as a guide after the youth gets into a spot of trouble.

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My first impressions are that this film feels very much like a Coen brothers’ production – in a good way. It’s rural in setting, its shot beautifully, and looks like a slow-burner; a grand venture across the American West. It’s charming in its wittiness, relying not on grand CGI effects, or even big set pieces, but on classic Western shootouts and outsmarting the other man. The two leads also share a great chemistry on screen with Fassbender looking fully at ease in the role, and Smit-McPhee appears charismatic as the youthful adventurer.

The film looks charming in its aesthetic and the combination of the two male leads lights up the screen during the 2 and a half minute trailer. The main attraction however is the beautiful wild terrain that is captured on the screen – if you wish to take a break from the summer blockbusters on offer, then this will be worth exploring. Watch the trailer in full below!

Slow West rides into cinemas in the UK on 26th June.