[Movie Review] A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Hi Huneybees,

American dud - Seth MacFarlane is back with a new comedy. He directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. Starring alongside him is Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman.

MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and MRC's hit film Ted including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who produce, and Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin who co-wrote the script.

Green Lantern - Ryan Reynolds together with Jamie Foxx, Christopher Lloyd and Mila Kunis makes special appearances in the movie, so you have to keep your eyes (and ears) wide to catch them!

The film opens with triumphant music and sweeping vistas of Monument Valley that remind us of the scope of the Wild West: The stone high pinnacles were then with an ongoing gunfight as Albert (Seth MacFarlane) backs out of it, his fickle girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for another richer man (Neil Patrick Harris). When a mysterious and beautiful woman (Charlize Theron) rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test

This being his second movie after TED was a letdown for me. Being the creator of famous animated series - Family Guy, American Dad, Futurama and The Cleveland Show, you would be expecting tons of humour, ROFL moments, but sad to say, the funniest moment were mainly displayed in the trailer already.

Too much have been focused on sex and religious hypocrisy (one of the characters is a prostitute who refuses to have sex with her fiancé before they get married, fearing the judgment of the Almighty), actually alot of the humour gags ardeactually coming from this couple, it would have been fun to see Amanda Seyfried or Charlize Theron breaking apart from their pretty faces and inject more humour into their character.

In fact, some of the funny bits were old gags, that we kinda know what the next punchline would be or even just simple changes to those that were already used in the animations. The movies was a little messy as Seth might have bitten off more than he can chew. Overall, this was a good effort, but this does not surpass his first movie TED. 

I would give the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is now showing in cinemas islandwide.


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