Flash Movie Review: Slow West

There has only been one person in my life who made me consider moving away from the city of my birth. Having friends from childhood and family around me, I never considered moving out of state before. In my past relationships I have met many people from different parts of the country and even world. I always asked what motivated them to wind up here and the answers went from the practical to the whimsical. No matter what the reason may have been, I thought anyone who could leave their job, pack up their home and move to a different part of the world was a courageous soul. I am especially fascinated by the influence love has on some people’s decisions to relocate. There was a friend of mine who met someone and within 4 weeks knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with them, so agreed to change jobs and move out of state with them. I of course was wondering how they even knew they loved the person after a few dates. Love really is a powerful force; I guess it has a way of holding and calming any fears similar to what one does to sooth a crying baby. I recall reading a comment left on my movie site where the person mentioned she moved from Europe to the United States and I immediately assumed there was solid strength inside of her. It was the same type of strength I found in this movie.    LEAVING Scotland to come to America Jay Cavendish, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, The Road), had only one thing on his mind. He wanted to find his true love Rose Ross, played by Caren Pistorius (The Most Fun You Can Have Dying, Offspring-TV). Outlaw Silas Selleck, played by Michael Fassbender (X-Men franchise, 12 Years a Slave), agreed to take Jay across the country for a price, realizing Jay would never survive crossing the American frontier on his own. This Sundance Film Festival winning western thriller was an interesting movie. I have seen films about finding long lost love but this one was different for me because it took place in a 19th century wild west setting with a young foreigner. The entire cast which also included Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Payne were rock solid with their characters. Visually this picture had some beautiful scenery and the camera work helped keep the story fresh for me. When there was action it was well done but I hesitate to call this an action film; the pace leaned more to a slower one. This picture provided a curious tale of love that could leave you thinking about your past relationships. There were a few scenes that showed blood.

 

3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 29, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Sounds really interesting!!!!

  2. Well this is a MUST SEE movie for me. It’s about a Scot moving to America so that obviously intrigues and engages me and it’s got Michael Fassbender in it. I love Fassbender. He’s a great actor and he’s very easy on the eye. (As an aside, my kids once loudly announced to all and sundry that I had a crush on Magneto and I had to explain to people that they didn’t mean Ian McKellen). I watch pretty much anything Fassbender is in for those reasons.

    As for your prologue about moving, I think it’s about the interplay of push and pull factors: what are the things leading you to desire a fresh start in a new place that are about the positives of the new location and the negatives of the old location. I do think it’s brave, however, when people make such a massive decision based on a pretty new relationship. That’s several leaps of faith at once. My husband and I had been together for 20 years before we emigrated so I think I had tested our relationship enough. 🙂

  3. Slow West is such an unexpected movie. Great storytelling. I’d recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure or romance.

  4. Reblogged this on West Coast Review and commented:
    A must see movie!

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