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For some reason I always feel like I have to pre-state before every… More For some reason I always feel like I have to pre-state before every Seth MacFarlane review that I utterly dislike Family Guy. So there I said it. I also LOVED his first feature film "Ted" and I thought it was one of the best comedies I had seen in ages (and I still think it's pretty damn great). So it was a no brainer going forward to watch any of his other big screen projects. Putting that aside for a moment, I was not piqued by the trailers for 'A million ways' when I first saw them, nor was I struck by what they were apparently going for. My first thought was "my God, he is trying to make a modern day Blazing Saddles" but I don't think that is what Seth was really going for here. A Million Ways to Die in the West is about Albert Stark a lone wuss all alone in a sea of bad ass rugged frontiersmen in the 1800's. I think the movie is suppose to be about just being who you are without giving a crap about what society is suppose to think, either that or it's about Neil Patrick Harris pooping in cowboy hats. I guess that is why I only kind of like 'A million ways'. There is a lot of hit or miss stuff in this movie and obviously humor is one of the hardest things to pull off to a wide audience. Personally I enjoyed a lot of the old west humor, some of the slap stick, and even a few of the fart jokes scored laughs out of me. The main loser for me was the over the top toilet humor that only Vince McMahon would laugh at (just Google that). The big wins were some awesome cameos including Ryan Reynolds appearing for five seconds with no lines and then being shot to death by Liam Neeson. MacFarlane and Charlize Theron have some pretty decent chemistry for the most part although I never quite found her or the villain (played by Liam Neeson) to be all that effective. Seth and the gang of minor characters got the vast majority of jokes. The star of that group was easily Neil Patrick Harris who got what now feels like an obligatory song and dance number and while it was well performed ultimately didn't do much for me. The story kind of wrote itself here and seemed kind of secondary to all of the jokes and set pieces which is something I didn't get from Ted. But A Million Ways to Die in the West had just enough heart and just enough laughs for me to feel satisfied after the credits rolled.
30 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes