Review : A Million Ways to Die in the West

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“As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.”

So a live action, western themed, feature length episode of Family Guy…word. That line alone almost sums up this entire movie. It’s entirely all Seth’s style and trademark humor here. For those who like that kind of thing, there are lots of laughs to be found here, bit less so for non-fans of his typical somewhat “fart joke” style of comedy. Seth MacFarlane, casting himself in the lead here can be seen as a positive and a negative. For one no one knows the material any better, but he’s definitively not as big a box office draw as maybe the film needs. There is indeed a fair bit of comedy to be had here, but it lacks in constant shot after shot of laughter that other comedies like Neighbors did so well. There are also a good bit of cameos, and they are all done pretty well. The one at the very end being the best of them all. The story itself is simple enough, but its not like people were expecting some deep layered narrative here. Speaking of the story, I do think that too much of the actual comedic content was let out of the bag in the trailers and teasers videos used in the movie’s marketing. Some of the more icon scenes in the movie were already seen in the trailer and one of the better cameos was sold out in a clip released for no necessary reason. So what you get here is a decent comedy that has its highs and lows (the Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman characters were definitely a high), but did give away a bit too much in the marketing. Some of the lulls in between jokes can seem to slow down the film a bit, but if you’re a Seth MacFarlane fan, you will have a good time with this movie.

Review Score : 6 out of 10

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