Slow West – Film Review

Michael Fassbender stars in a fresh and distinctive take on the classic western

Beta Band keyboardist John Maclean makes his feature film directorial debut with this impressive western, which features an end-credits theme composed by his brother David’s band, Django Django. The slow-burning story follows Irish outlaw Silas (Michael Fassbender) as he helps naive young Scotsman Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) trek on horseback across America in pursuit of his troubled childhood sweetheart Rose (South African actress Caren Pistorius). Maclean’s depiction of 19th-century Colorado as a brutally beautiful place populated by pistol-carrying bounty hunters is increasingly gripping, and with flashes of surreal humour, the writer-director offers a fresh and distinctive take on a classic genre.