[ Movie Review ] “A Million Ways To Die In The West” by Blade Brown
Plot– In 1882 Arizona, Albert (Seth MacFarlane), a sheep farmer who lacks courage, loses his beloved girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets another woman named Anna (Charlize Theron), discovering his bravery and confidence. The herder soon realizes his true potential when the woman’s spouse (Liam Neeson), an infamous criminal, demands payback.
Review– Walking into a movie with high expectations is never a good idea. Especially in my case, since the last movie I did that with was the disappointing “A Good Day To Die Hard”. Luckily for me, Seth MacFarlane is not John McClane. Yippie-ki-yay!
Following the massive success of Ted, and the continued success of American Dad and Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane steps behind the camera for his second film in three years. While Ted has set the bar for success high, the quality of this film can’t be denied. He’s put together a group of great actors & comedians who’s chemistry together in undeniable. Particularly, MacFarlane and Charlize Theron. I would not be surprised if she pops up in more of his movies.
The supporting cast is terrific. Neil Patrick Harris continues to be a scene stealer, as he plays Louise’s new lover, who loves to torment Albert. Giovanni Ribisi plays Albert’s best friend, who’s girlfriend(Sarah Silverman) works at the local brothel, but won’t have sex with him before marriage. Liam Neeson is, well, Liam Neeson. He brings his newly found tough guy presence to the screen. He doesn’t joke around as the main antagonist, but he does have a hilarious scene involving a flower that had me in tears.
The Bottom Line– A Million Ways To Die In The West is a very funny movie. Although the last act drags a bit, its not enough to bring down the rest of the film. With witty jokes and great cameos, this movie is definitely worth the price of admission. If you’re looking to laugh, this is the movie for you. Just stay away from the fair. People die at the fair.
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