Slow West

Slow West

John Maclean (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Slow West is a real treat. A western, most likely different from any western you'll have seen before, it is by turns funny, sad, tragic, comic and drily witty - it's a gem of the genre. Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Let Me In) plays a young Scot who's crossing the US in pursuit of his lover and her father, who have fled Scotland after accidentally committing a capital crime. He's joined by gunfighter Michael Fassbender, who offers help for cash, but whose true motives seem much murkier. En route, they encounter such staples of the genre as outlaws and "injuns", all treated in a deliciously different, offbeat kind of way and impressively enhanced by the cinematography of Robbie Ryan (an Oscar nominee for The Favourite). Slow West is a must-see. If there's one criticism to be made, it's of the oddly unemphatic title, which does the film no favours, and which remains enigmatic even after the film has finished.


A Scottish teenager travels to America at the end of the 19th century. He travels across the frontier in the hope of being reunited with the woman he loves, aided in his travels by a mysterious drifter and stalked through the wilderness by an outlaw. Western, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Michael Fassbender.

Cast & Crew

Jay Cavendish Kodi Smit-McPhee
Silas Selleck Michael Fassbender
Payne Ben Mendelsohn
Rose Ross Caren Pistorius
John Ross Rory McCann
Werner Andrew Robertt
Victor the Hawk Edwin Wright
Kotori Kalani Queypo
Director John Maclean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Jun 2015