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.