Slow West, directed by John Maclean and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and the always busy Michael Fassbender, is one of these little Gems that are worth a look.

This is a minimalist western about a young Scotsman coming to 19th century America to locate his beloved. He finds an unscrupulous guide with a personal agenda (Fassbender) and they are trailed by a bunch of nasty bounty hunters.

A co-production between the UK and New-Zealand (shot in NZ), Slow West is a sober but effective tale told in a simple and straight fashion with enjoyable performances by its leads. Cinematographer Robbie Ryan makes the best of the great natural setting of New Zealand and Jed Kurzel’s low key but engaging music supports the whole thing beautifully.

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