A Million Ways To Die In The West (Film Review)

Sep 22, 2014
The first few minutes of 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' explains the terribleness of America before. It shows how inappropriate/ dangerous the old culture had been, where every scenario/ place or even a simple swing of a hand could instantly resulted to death. The type of premise perfect for something like Seth Macfarlane, who's previous live-action movie effort became a sleeper hit with 'Ted'. In his sophomore debut, instead of directing, writing, and providing voice talent, he is stepping in to the frame as the film's lead. The movie's ridiculous plot can be a twisted, fun of a ride. However, the film turned too silly. And incredibly cheesy.

Set in 1882 in the American west, Albert is a lowly farmer with a nice girlfriend. But when she leaves him for the more successful and handsome owner of a moustachery store, Albert returns to his lonely daily life of trying to avoid death.

Then the mysterious Anna rides into town and captures Albert's interest and heart, but with her deadly husband in tow, Albert is going to have to become the western gun-slinging hero he never was. It won't be easy because there are a million ways to die in the west.
The movie tried so hard to be funny. It tried to be clever. It unfortunately wasn't. Seth MacFarlane's brand of humor didn't click with the live-action format. The thing of why "Ted" succeeds so much was in fact, with it's very cartoony story (heck, it featured a talking bear. Nothing gets cartoony than that.) there's a soft spot in it that can be realistic. 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' was too cartoony. And there will be instances that it looked like a cancelled "Family Guy" TV movie. 

The jokes were very repetitive. And there were threads of poop/ fart jokes that are out of the place. Not to mention, Sarah Silverman and her whore jokes which will annoy the most of every viewer.

The second act was a pain in the ass. It promises the viewer for it to be the actual climax of the movie. Turned out, there were still 40 minutes of Liam Neeson and a sunflower up his ram.
The only thing that's actually enjoyable was the Doc Brown cameo. (Not really a spoiler, since they'd already shown it at previews..Sigh..) It's a brief scene, but very nice to see Christopher Lloyd at least donning the science suit, repairing the DeLorean. 

Seth MacFarlane seems unnatural in his scenes. His acting prowess at the low of the low.

The geek rates it 3/10. Just go make cartoons Seth. And no to the fart jokes.
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