After the success of Seth Macfarlane’s previous full length movie, Ted, he takes his time away from the rude teddy bear and focuses it on the wild west. We are all hoping for the same jokes as Ted, but in my opinion this needs a better ending than that film.
A Million Ways To Die In The West has a fantastic cast, including the director, producer and one of the writers, Seth Macfarlane. He plays Albert, a cowardly sheep farmer who has been dumped his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) which is what we already knew from the trailer.
He meets Anna (Charlie Therzon) and teaches Albert how to shoot, another trailer feature. I wont give too much away, so I’m being nice.
The look and feel of the film is very spot on, giving it that wonderful western atmosphere with a polished touch. It’s not got any of effects where it makes the film look as old as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, it’s got great props and scenery. The plot is an interesting one, it could of done with being more bulky, but it ends up quite well. Some of the gags go on for quite a while and a some are very predictable, but I did laugh out at some gags for being comedy genius.
Liam Neeson and Charlie Therzon both stand out with their serious performances whilst leaving Macfarlane, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman to throw out some of the funny lines.
Therzon stands out as the best actor in this film in my eyes, playing both the serious roles and the funny roles brilliantly. However, I can’t forget the love for Liam Neeson’s character, who plays a brilliant bad guy that changes the feel of the film every time he is on screen. It’s like a brilliant infantry of actors that specialise in specific things, from the hard as nails bad guys to the gross humour.
Sadly Neil Patrick Harris’ part comes from intentionally crap puns about sheep and then a lengthy toilet humour scene which is a shame from such a good actor, he played an important part, but I felt more was deserved from him.
It’s as if all the jokes are spurted out from Seth which seems to be quiet self centred, no matter how funny the guy is, it would’ve been great to hear even more jokes from the rest of the cast.
The music and the soundtrack is also nice, from the Moustache song to the nice string sections in the serious parts of the film. The soundtrack goes nicely with the all the scenes, and the song on the end credits is great to sit through.
Most of the physical gags are done brilliantly, the ice block one in my opinion shouldn’t of been shown in the trailer as that would’ve been an excellent surprise shock value. The tavern bar fight scene is one of my favorite scenes, with great choeography in the fighting moves as well as Macfarlane and Gionvanni Ribisi providing the comedy relief.
One thing I absolutely love in this film is the cameo appearances, with actors like Ryan Reynolds, Christopher Lloyd and Jamie Foxx showing their faces.
A Million Ways To Die In The West is a decent watch, even though it lacks on the plot and the jokes coming from anyone else besides Seth Macfarlane, the transition between comedy and serious works quite well in this movie, some of the jokes are delievered brilliantly and some drag on a bit, but it is worth your money in my eyes.
Not a touch on Blazing Saddles, but if you like crude comedy and western films then this is in your interests.