This week, BUFS is pleased to present Slow West starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, and Ben Mendelsohn. Directed by Brett Haley
A modern western, Slow West tells the story of love, loss and outlaws utilizing the vast and chaotic landscape of the American frontier. Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit- McPhee) has a boyish innocence that continuously emerges throughout his quest from Scotland into the dangerous lands of America, not in search of getting rich but to find his true love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Rose had to flee Scotland after an accident that Jay himself feels responsible for. Along his journey into the unknown he meets bitter Irish bandit Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender). Silas offers to be a guide to Jay along his journey into the lawless land of America to find his lost love. What Jay doesn’t know is that Silas is a bounty hunter and his lost love, Rose, has a $2,000 price tag on her head.
The dichotomy between naïve Jay and Michael cynical Silas creates a great narrative with lots of witty dry humor. Once Silas and Jay join up, they have a series of encounters with various outlaws, dreamers and nomads creating a story line that touches on the inherent evil within man and the cultural devastation done to the Native Americans. The film is a refreshing take on the western genre focusing on the struggles of immigrants trying to survive and make their way in an outlaw land.
Slow West subtly and delicately exposes the human condition. It tells the story of love, betrayal, loyalty, and mistrust. First-time Writer and Director, Britian’s John Maclean created an excellent neo-western with colourful characters, a compelling narrative and glorious cinematography. Slow West is a must see.
Slow West screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.