May 30, 2015

Dull west

Slow West (John Maclean, 2015). Barely qualifying as a footnote in the history of the revisionist western, debut film-maker John Maclean’s small and almost proudly unoriginal Scotland-to-America fable (filmed in Scotland and New Zealand) is really notable for one strange thing: it must take a special kind of skill to make even Michael Fassbender uninteresting. Deep into the third act, we realise who this film should have been about all along: not thin, pale, lovesick Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) but smart, independent Rose, played by New Zealander Caren Pistorius.