Slow West comments
Members' ratings and comments for Slow West shown on 27th April 2016
Members’ rating: 71.4% A-15, B-23, C-11, D-6, E-0. 55 votes from 107 members who signed in.
Members’ comments: [We have sequenced the comments by the rating given]
'D's: Slow! Did anyone ever survive in the West? “Slow” was the operative word – bring back John Wayne rather than this lot. Cheerful! Really not sure – competent western but not saying anything new. Very slow and not so West.
‘C’s: Bit slow, but interesting use of the elements. I’m not a big fan of westerns and this didn’t change my mind – OK interesting back story but all the carnage spoiled it and the slow pace: great filming though. A little far fetched. Changes in tone were disconcerting but a good “first effort”. Lost plot halfway through – surprise ending. Beautifully filmed, but maybe a little ponderous. Please ask the introducer to keep it short – I think he likes the sound of his own voice! Loved the start and the music but then only the music seemed to hold it together: somehow very bland and the Coen-esque moments best left to the Coen brothers themselves.
‘B’s: I loved the whole thing – acting, story, scenery – I was sad when it ended. Great scenery and good mixture of human emotions: a good style western. Impressive director’s debut but the scenery was definitely New Zealand. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters, the banter with Jay and the cowboy and Jay’s devotion to Rose – I wasn’t expecting that ending. Really enjoyable and humourous – loved the pace. A script full of genuine surprises – almost Coen-esque! Beautifully shot immoral tale – loved it. Really enjoyed it – the description is in the name: fantastically shot. Great to see the western back – very enjoyable: Fassbender fantastic. Predictable at start, kept your attention and then the story became a little confusing: surprising ending really brought the film together: good photography of NZ. Captivating – storyline compelling- totally absorbed – amazing scenery! Great film. Well made film, beautiful scenery, unusual storyline, brutal – how did they all find Rose? Very entertaining film – really enjoyed the characters, cinematography and music. great scenery – a western with a difference. Absorbing despite there being not much of a story – beautifully shot – glad I didn’t live there and then! Now I know it was the Director’s full-length debut I find it very impressive – a sort of impressionistic take on the Wild West – not realistic but somehow convincing. What a debut! Captured the essence of westerns superbly – very atmospheric and convincing, despite some continuity problems.
'A’s: Gripping - acting excellent. Quirky! Lyrical, brutal exciting, poignant and I didn’t see the ending coming! Great music and acting – very Coen brothers! At least some survived! Wonderful and unusual. Good body count! Excellent story, but why were they wanted? Amazing cinematography and soundtrack with a strong script to match. Very good story and a very original take on both the genre and the New Zealand landscape. Violently impressive! The best western for a long time. Jay’s naive journey west reflected the positive hope of the settler – his encounters with the raw frontiersmen were a triumph – more westerns please. Great western – well directed and acted. Well done people, you chose well.