Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West
There is something genuinely funny about a ridiculous comedy set in the old west. Writer, and director Seth MacFarlane provides the absolute right amount of laughter tied-in with a well-crafted story to create the extremely well executed A Million Ways to Die in the West. It is without a doubt funnier than McFarlane’s previous movie, Ted, after all everything in the west will kill you – A Million Ways to Die in the West certainly kills your funny bone.
The movie centres on Albert (Seth MacFarlane) and his personal journey from a coward to the most dangerous gun in the west. The story lifts into action after his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him and he then finds her with another man Foy (Neil Patrick Harris) and things heat up between the Foy and Albert. However in the midst of all of this craziness, we are introduced to the toughest gun slinger in the state of Arizona, Clinch (Liam Neeson), who plays by his own rules and morals. This lifestyle doesn’t sit well with Clinch’s wife, Anna (Charlize Theron) who is instructed to go into the city, and scout the city for Clinch’s inevitable arrival. However, Anna teams up with Albert to turn him from lonely gunslinger who cannot manage to shoot anything, to a half decent marksman.
What works extremely well within A Million Ways to Die in the West is MacFarlane’s Family Guy use of humor. This is a very important feature because the comedy that he is constantly using throughout, to the point where there is a song about mustaches. In a movie like this the jokes are everything and thankfully the trailers don’t even come close to giving away the strongest material.
A Million Ways to Die in the West is a fairly original concept that is extremely well executed and provides consistent laughter throughout. It is certainly better than most of the new Family Guy episodes and arguably funnier and more ridiculous than Ted. As well the movie has two cameos which are beyond hysterical and demonstrate that anything is possible in the Wild, Wild West. This is certainly not a movie you want to miss but whatever you do just make sure you avoid the fair.
A Million Ways to Die in the West a gut-wrenchingly funny comedy for the ages. Get on your horse and buggy and race down to the local theatre for a raunchy ole time