A Million Ways to Die in the West

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

‘I'm not in the mood for laughing,’ a grizzled gunslinger tells Seth MacFarlane's wisecracking sheep farmer Albert at the outset of this so-called comic western. He's come to the right film. Given an inch by the surprise success of his raunchy teddy-bear romp ‘Ted’, writer-director-star MacFarlane now takes a drastically overlong mile with a film that flatters his moderate talent and subzero leading-man charisma at every turn – right down to having his perfect-ten love interest (Charlize Theron) chuckle merrily at every one of his limp quips, punchline-free putdowns of Islam and Judaism included.

MacFarlane's principal joke – or sustained whinge, rather – is that Old West life sucks, particularly for shrimpy, entitled white guys like Albert sensibly dumped by gold-digging hussies like schoolmarm Louise (Amanda Seyfried). Albert sets about winning her back with the inexplicable assistance of enigmatic new gal in town Anna (Theron, her performance a loose, feisty lifeline), but little does he know that she's married to bloodthirsty bandit Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson).

There's a lot of excrement – literal and otherwise – to wade through before that showdown, during which Albert finds his cojones, Anna reverts to damsel-in-distress passivity and Seyfried endures repeated gags about the size of her eyes. MacFarlane's doughy visage, of course, is beyond reproach.

By: Guy Lodge


Release details

Release date: Friday May 30 2014
Duration: 0 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Seth MacFarlane
Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
Cast: Seth MacFarlane
Liam Neeson
Charlize Theron

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No where as funny as Ted, but defo better than big banner Hollywood crap. I wish Seth Rogan had played the lead though. Sarah Silverman is worth her weight in gold. I think comedians make better actors than the other way round

Often hilarious, pleasing Western comedy which sags a little at the two thirds mark but which deserves far greater acknowledgment than Time Out`s mocking, nasty-spirited one-star review. Three and a half stars from this amused filmgoer.