Thursday 19 September 2019

Never Grow Old review: A lean and gritty western shot in Connemara

3 stars

Never Grow Old
Never Grow Old
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Shot in Connemara, Ivan Kavanagh’s lean and gritty western is set on the California Trail, in 1849.

Irish undertaker Patrick Tate (Emile Hirsch) has settled in the frontier town of Garlow, where business was good when the town had a saloon and a cathouse and folks were taking pot shots at each other.

A sanctimonious preacher put paid to all that, but now a swaggering bounty killer called Dutch Albert (John Cusack) has arrived and wants to put Pat back in business.

Kavanagh’s film borrows somewhat in tone from Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, but is very nicely made and Cusack is very enjoyable as the soft-spoken villain.

(16, 100mins)

Irish Independent

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