MON­DAY SLOW WEST

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

9.30PM, ONE A ca­sual weird­ness, a wis­ened grasp of when to em­brace or re­ject a cliche, a quar­tet of rip­ping per­for­mances – th­ese are the call­ing cards of this odd, funny and com­pelling western. Ac­com­plished young Aus­tralian ac­tor Kodi Smit-McPhee ( TheRoad) stars as Jay, a hope­lessly ro­man­tic teen with plenty of money in his pocket and few clues in his head. This would ex­plain why, in the 1860s, Jay has left a life of com­fort in Scot­land to comb the bad­lands of Colorado in search of his lost love, Rosie (Caren Pis­to­rius). Our naive hero’s chap­er­ones­lash-body­guard (Michael Fass­ben­der) has his work cut out for him. Es­pe­cially when the pair keep cross­ing paths with a bad guy (Ben Men­del­sohn). An ac­quired taste, but plenty of vivid flavours await.

★★★

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