Posted June 24, 2015 8:44 PM by

Reality includes heroics: ‘Slow West’ – Michael Fassbender’s Best Western…

R.J. MOELLER—

Slow West is an impressive maiden voyage for director John Maclean, and there is much to like about it. The acting is superb and subtle.

 

Everything that happens brings us closer to the story’s climatic and memorable resolution. It is a renewed look at a classic genre of film that does not try to reinvent or turn its back on the formula that made it worthy of the moniker “classic.”

 

Slow West deftly navigates the need to be honest about some of the darker parts of our nation’s westward expansion with the desire to tell a heroic story. The narrative acknowledges the fact that we still need warriors to protect us from the bad guys, and that not everything can be settled with diplomacy.

 

And while the depravity of mankind is explored and on full display throughout, there is no over-glorification of Nature’s equally-as-harsh realities; no empty-headed references to how things were unequivocally better before modern medicine and technology…

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