"Slow West" is a confident first effort from writer and director John Maclean with a story that feels intimate but on a landscape that looks epic.
The classic western tropes are all here: the young idealist being swallowed up by the badlands, the mysterious gunslinger and the woman who could be their salvation.
Kodi Smit-Mcphee plays Jay Cavendish, a kid who has traveled to America from Scotland, in search of his love, Rose (Caren Pistorius), who was forced to flee their homeland.
Michael Fassbender, one of my favorite actors, is Silas Selleck - which is a great western name - who decides to help Jay navigate the brutal American West.
As they drift West these two characters develop an interesting bond; Jay teaching Silas about friendship, and Silas teaching Jay about survival and both hiding secrets from each other.
When the two learn they're not the only ones looking for this young lady, the movie catches fire and burns to the final surprising scenes.
Maclean is obviously a lover of classic westerns, and some of the more modern takes by people like the Coen Brothers. All those influences are here making for a solid offering from a genre we don't see enough of these days.