“A Million Ways To Die In The West“
Release Date: Friday May 30th, 2014
Running Time: 116 Minutes
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material
With movies like “Blazing Saddles”, “Maverick”, and “City Slickers” (just to name a few) which have been enjoyed by audience members for decades, western comedies created today have pretty big shoes to fill. With the wide release of the newest addition to the genre hitting theaters today, moviegoers will have to decide if “A Million Ways To Die In The West” fits the bill.
At first glance, with the number of cameos and the star studded cast, “A Million Ways To Die In The West” seems like a promising adventure in comedy. The story follows the life of Albert (Seth MacFarlane), an intelligent yet seemingly cowardly sheep farmer living in the dangerous wild west (Arizona in the late 1800s).
After being dumped by Louise (Amanda Seyfried), the woman he thought was the love of his life, Albert is almost ready to give up on his life in Arizona until a chance encounter introduces him to the new girl in town, Anna (Charlize Theron). The two become friends, bond over mutual hatred of all things dangerously western, and discover that maybe life in the old west really isn’t so bad afterall. That is, until Anna’s real identity comes to light and Albert is forced to muster all of the courage he can to save her.
In looking at the trailer for this film (which is at the top of this post in case you missed it), it seems so promising and I think that’s what will ultimately draw audiences this weekend. Unfortunately, however, the movie falls pretty flat. It’s just okay. Not good, not great, not the next best thing for its genre, just okay. I chuckled a few times, gagged once (just you wait), and cringed a lot during the film. It might be a decent rental if you’re bored at home one evening with absolutely nothing better to do with your time but, honestly, I think the admission price of your ticket is better spent elsewhere.
Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again I give “A Million Ways To Die In The West” a 8.95945021 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “That was equivalent to dealing yourself first in a game of poker which, I’m pretty sure, gets you shot in the old West.”