A Million Ways To Die In The West Film Review

Film Review by Jon E Clist
A Million Ways To Die in the West

The Premise
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.

The Review
Okay so there have been lots of comments from a bunch of reviewers about this film and having read them I have to say that in some degree I do agree. This is not as funny as Ted and yes it is lowest common comedy and very crude. However I will say that overall I did find it funny in a teenage boy kind of way.

I am not sold on Seth MacFarlane being a leading man, for most of the film it looked as though he had way too much make-up on and yet he is very funny and plays deadpan comedy well. The rest of the cast is quite good with the pick of the bunch being Sarah Silverman as the prostitute. There are plenty of funny moments between her and Giovanni Ribisi. Of course you can’t go past many of the other components of this all-star cast such as Liam Neeson as the villain and Neil Patrick Harris as this really annoying owner of not only a moustache but a shop for moustache paraphernalia.

I do like how there has been a lot of speculation that Macfarlane may have written and set this all up to play across from the stunning Charlize Theron. Then again who wouldn’t blame him? However apparently the idea of the film was an inside joke by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The three mentioned how the Wild West was always depicted to be dangerous and believed that there are too many ways to die in the setting.

As you would expect for a film from the guy who brought us family guy.. there are a few very choice and clever little cameos from characters not in this film. You will have to watch the film to see who they are...

The Verdict
A very silly but funny film but not for everyone.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 29th May 2014
Rating: R16 -  Contains violence, sexual references, offensive language & drug use
Duration: 116 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and more
Director: Seth MacFarlane (Ted)

The Extras
Charlize Theron had to wear a wig for this movie as she shaved her head for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Seth MacFarlane wrote a novelization of this movie based on the screenplay, the first book in his career.

When speaking Apache , Seth McFarlane's character says Mi La Ku Nis, Mi La Ku Nis and the subtitles say "fine, fine". Mila Kunis is the costar of Ted, the voice of Meg on Family Guy, and good friend of the writer and director, Seth McFarlane.

One sign in the town in the movie reads "Windisch and Sons". This is an ode to Christopher Windisch, the film's construction coordinator, and his son, who was the labor foreman on the film's set construction crew.