Click Here to watch the trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West.
This comedy / Wild West tale is unlike anything you’ve seen in the west before. Not even Blazing Saddles was like this. A Million Ways to Die in the West is produced, directed, and co-written by Seth MacFarlane (of Ted and Family Guy fame).
MacFarlane also stars as Albert — the main character — a sheep farmer who is afraid of gun fights he seems to frequently find himself invited to. His girlfriend leaves him and as he starts to get over the heartbreak… he is soon practically courting the mysterious new girl in town.
Charlize Theron is the new girl — Anna — who starts to fall for Albert’s uniqueness. She sets out to help Albert find his courage. Anna actually is married (unbeknownst to Albert) to a badguy — the notorius outlaw Clinch (Liam Neeson). And before long, Clinch is in town and finds out Albert has been making some moves on his Anna. Surprise!!!! Gunfight preparations are in order!
The film also stars Amanda Siefried as Albert’s former girlfriend; Neil Patrick Harris as Louise’s new beau Foy; Giovanni Rabisi as his best friend Edward; and Sarah Silverman as Edwards prostitute-girlfriend Ruth.
There are also plenty of cameos… including the likes of Ewan McGregor, Gilbert Gotfried, Christopher Lloyd and Jamie Foxx. But not even the stars or the cameos can save this boring western wannabe. There are tired jokes and the ridiculous re-telling of the tired jokes. You never start to care about the characters and some of the potty humor falls WAAAAY short of funny.
The writing is weak… in fact, to me, it seems as though it were written by a group of friends drinking and sitting around a TV room accidentally coming up with funny scenes, laughing at themselves while saying “yeah yeah yeah! Write that down!” and then deciding that would make a good movie.
Yeah…. no. I absolutely loved MacFarlane’s last writing/directing adventure — Ted — and that’s why I expected so much more from A Million Ways to Die in the West. What I learned is that not every movie is a hit just because you had ONE. Certainly hoping Ted 2 is gets Seth back in the swing of things — it was just announced that it’s slated for release for next year.
The characters didn’t talk about boredom being one of the million ways to die in the west, but I certainly think it could be a way to die in a theater after seeing this one.
TWO OUT OF FIVE COOKIES.
VERY RATED R!!!!!! for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material.