Slow West received a lot of attention back in January of this year, when it took home the Sundance Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic, and now that it’s available to the rest of the world, for our viewing pleasure, this film is a must see for all lovers of the western genre.
MINI REVIEW: Slow West is John Maclean’s directional debut. We aren’t sure what his next project will be, but this is, for sure, another new director to keep an eye out for, and if he continues to pursue his own auteurism, we’ll be in for more visually stunning and compelling stories. In a nutshell, Slow West is a coming-of-age/road-trip/western, with a punch. The pace is slow, but the direction knows when to go full throttle, and the cinematography is just pristine, but how can it not be, when you’re filming on the south island of amazing New Zealand?
The cast works well to tell the simple but painful story. It’s an easy film to watch, at least till the climatic and perhaps overly dramatic end. You’re left with a pensive mood, whilst at the same time the film does feel very Coen-esque, which is always welcome, but it does have it’s own voice.
One of the things that attracted me to this film, apart from the fact that it is a western, was that Australian Jed Kurzel composed the score. Admittedly the score is beautiful, but it does feel repetitive and at times drowns the story. Jed Kurzel’s work on The Babadook was chilling and apt, but in the case for Slow West, the score seems to distract from the visual element, not always, but in some key scenes.
Regardless, Slow West is a welcome addition to the slow burner indie genre, and if anything these 7 stunning frames might serve as sufficient bait for you to want to Munch of this great Film!
1 Pensive Jay Cavendish
3 Journey For Two
4 Lonesome Journey
5 Night Lights
6 Welcome Help
7 Giant Among Mushrooms