A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014)
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Neil Patrick Harris
Running time: 116 minutes
Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
In 1882 in the town of Old Stump, Arizona, cowardly sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) is dumped by his beloved girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. Meanwhile, infamous outlaw Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) robs and kills an old prospector for a nugget of gold. He orders one of his men, Louis (Evan Jones), to escort his wife, Anna (Charlize Theron), to Old Stump to lay low while he continues his banditry.
Here you go – review number 2 of the 4 movies I watched all in one day at the cinema last week! 😉 (You can read my Edge Of Tomorrow review HERE).
As I said in my review of Neighbors, I don’t like many comedy movies. I’m picky on comedy & don’t find that many movies funny (especially nowadays). However, Neighbors wasn’t TOO bad – it was a bit of a pleasant surprise. And I like a lot of Seth MacFarlane’s stuff. I admit I’ve seen very little of Family Guy (even though I’ve liked what I’ve seen) and I loved Ted – it was very high on my list HERE of favorite 2012 movies. A Million Ways To Die In The West doesn’t live up to Ted and, in fact, I think I liked Neighbors more. But it’s still full of some hilarious stuff & I definitely had a fun time.
If you like Seth MacFarlane, you’ll definitely like this film as it’s very much his type of humor. There are some intelligent observations, witty one-liners, movie references (one of which is BEYOND awesome and gave the biggest audience reaction by far), but still enough juvenile poop humor & sex jokes to keep a variety of filmgoers happy at least some of the time. Poop humor doesn’t do it for me (sorry, Eric!) but I’m still not about to act all snobby as I admit that all the absolute filth that came out of Sarah Silverman’s mouth in this cracked me the hell up. Complete & utter filth! Hilarious. 😉
You know – I don’t know why I’m still talking (er… typing). If you like Seth MacFarlane, you’ll like this. If you don’t, you won’t (at least, I think it’s highly unlikely you will). That’s it. I think he’s funny, I actually love Sarah Silverman most of the time (I know she’s not for everyone), Neil Patrick Harris is clearly having loads of fun hamming it up as the bad guy, and I thought Charlize Theron was very very good as the most straight forward & sensible person in this. She actually has really great chemistry with MacFarlane & their scenes together where they just chat about simple things were fun to watch & felt very natural (even though Theron is like A Million Ways Too Hot For MacFarlane – think that was wishful thinking on his part when he (I assume) cast her. Lol). This movie feels like a series of (admittedly funny) jokes that had an overall pretty weak story written around them. It’s no Ted – that one felt much more “together” and was overall a much funnier film. But there were still enough laughs in A Million Ways To Die In The West to keep me smiling throughout.
My Rating: 6.5/10
Can you see Theron doing more comedy?
I don’t know… I know she’s this great serious actress & all that but she was so surprisingly funny in this! I know she was the “straight” one but I thought she was great. In fact, I’d say she’s the best thing about this. She really does out-act the rest (but, to be fair, the rest are more comedians than actors, I suppose). : )
True. And she was good in Arrested Development.
Was she? Never seen it. : )
Series 3 yeah.
Wait the love interest in a comedy is way too hot for the lead guy? Get outta town.
It’s SHOCKING, I know! ; ) (She’s seriously hot in this. Between her & Emily Blunt, I’m starting to feel a little confused) :-p
It’s natural, just go with it. And film it.
I still haven’t decided whether to see this one or not. I hate Family Guy but I loved Ted.
Hmm… It’s a risky one for sure, then! ; ) Ted is much much better, so… You may feel the same way about this as Family Guy. Would love to know if you love it or hate it when you DO see it! : )
I’m just not feeling it. I’m more interested in your epic day of not leaving the cinema! Were you lying low cos the cops were after you? Or immigration officials?
SHHHH!!! They’ll hear you!
It’s a good film full of fun! I imagine it was good for the likes of Theron and Neeson to break away from the serious stuff. I’m not a fan of family guy or Ted, but I enjoyed this film. I loved silvermans and Ribisi’s odd relationship, making me laugh out loud. It is actually quite a sincere film all in all. Nice review!
Thanks! Yeah – I loved the Silverman/Ribisi relationship and laughed at all the inappropriateness way more than I should have, I suppose. ; ) Neil Patrick Harris was also very funny. Theron really was a nice surprise, though, and how well that relationship worked. Fun film. : )
I really enjoyed this movie and I can’t stand Family Guy or Sarah Silverman. But I didn’t want to claw her face off here, which was a nice change of pace for me. NPH always makes me laugh, no matter what he’s doing. Great review, T9! I’m interested in hearing more about this movie binge you went on. Did you have a bunch of coupons that were about to expire?
Thanks, Smash! : ) lol – I can’t really blame anyone for hating Silverman – she’s like Marmite. (Do you have Marmite in Canada?! If not, ignore me). ; ) Haha – well… I didn’t have any coupons but it WAS cheap day at that cinema. I don’t get paid enough to go to all those full price! ; )
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Nice review, lady! I’m kind of curious about this one, so I may still try to check it out…we’ll see. Sounds like it’s not a huge loss if I miss it, eh?
Not a huge loss to miss this in theaters, no. But worth a watch for some lighthearted (and filthy) fun at home. : )
Looks like another one for VOD.
Bye bye! Thanks for catching up on my blog! #YouAreTooSweet : )
I’m not going anywhere – figured you were asleep or out on the town, disco dancing and doing angel dust 🙂
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