Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Slow West 2015

     The setting of this film is the 19th Century America of the frontier.  Jay Cavendish sets out on a solo trip across the Great Plains to find Rose Ross, the love of his life.  He’s just sixteen years old but he’s risking his life to find her.  Along the way, he encounters a mysterious traveler.  Silas Selleck offers to guide him for $50 now and $50 when they arrive at the location where Rose is now.  What Jay doesn’t know is that Silas is a bounty hunter and he’s on the trail of Rose and her father for the reward money.
     There are a lot of details that stretch reality but I didn’t seem to be paying attention to any of them during watching this movie?  Jay is Scottish, pale as a sheet and he doesn’t have a hat?  The names listed on the wanted posters?  Robert E. Lee is included, why would he be wanted?  Right away, Silas kills a man, does that mean he is a good guy that will help you?  Why does Silas give Jay a shave with a Bowie knife? Wouldn’t Jay be a little nervous about getting his throat cut?  Does he even have any whiskers that would need a shave?  Although the age of Rose is not given, does it matter that she is 11 years older than Jay?  Wouldn’t 27 versus 16 make a difference in a relationship?   3* (This movie is OK)

84 min, Action directed by John Maclean with Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistoriius, Edwin Wright, Andrew Robertt, Brian Sergent, Karl Willetts.

Note:  Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 93% critic 75% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 ½*, Amazon 3.2 with 2829 reviews.
Special Note:  John Maclean, the director is a Scottish musician.  I wondered about the meaning of the title?  Is it a take on ‘go west?’  This movie was filmed in New Zealand. 

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