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Slow West

Slow West
Posted on July 23, 2015 by James Shults

Release Date: April 16, 2015

Director: John Maclean

Overall Rating: Ugly

A young Scottish man, followed by bounty hunters, travels across the landscape of the old West to find the woman he loves.

The Good

It’s a solid story that unfolds in Slow West. Particularly throughout the first two acts. The movie delivers fine performances, beautiful cinematography and an interesting soundtrack.

The Bad

Slow West is an exercise in nihilism. in the pointlessness and randomness of it all. It’s an idea that’s worth some investigation. But, ultimately, it leads to an unfulfilling ending. What can you feel for a movie that doesn’t feel anything for its characters?

The Ugly

SPOILERS: The protagonist, Jay, is shot during the third act by the woman he professes to love. He lays wounded on the ground, bleeding desperately. Then another shot comes in above him, breaking a jar labeled Salt, all of it falling on Jay, literally getting salt in his wounds. It reads weird. A too obvious joke played out while the main character of Slow West is about to die.

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