…… Some of my favorite lines in the movie that will surely split you up.
“That went south so fast”
“People die at the fair”
“Please don’t shoot us on sex night”
“Dude you really shouldn’t drink and horse”
“I am about to shoot a full load at your cans”
Written and directed by Seth McFarlane (The Family Guy) A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST is set in Arizona in the year 1882 (arguably the worst time to live in) where everything and everyone that is not you is trying to kill you. Albert (McFarlane) a cowardly farmer is ditched by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) and is replaced by TV’s boy-toy Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). The lost lover falls for the new girl in town aka Anna (Charlize Theron) who conveniently happens to be the wife of Clinch (Liam Neeson) aka one of the meanest gunmen in the west.
Seth McFarlane requires no fluffed up intro. He is the gag master. He is well known for crude humor and has proven himself to be quite the successful comedian in his longstanding show THE FAMILY GUY. McFarlane who gave us the hilarious R rated comedy TED is at it again trying to make a farce of the lifestyles of the Wild West. AMWDW can be classified as a lesser funny motion picture with comparison to TED but still has its moments.
The sheepishly written AMWDW reads deep into the characters immediately connecting with audience. Its comedy is slapstick and often revolves around blatant sarcasm. Blatant sarcasm is a tool often used by McFarlane in his work and he indeed executes them to fearless precision as the protagonist. Maybe it’s because he feels the screenplay more closely to him as it his own creation or maybe because he is just good at the whole entertaining an audience business. Whilst Neil Patrick Harris and Giovanni Ribisi are the only seasoned stars of the genre, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Especially Liam Neeson put on a show that can brighten up your lazy movie weekend.
One of the favorable aspects of the production is the detailed set piece of the movie. The Saloon, the entertainment house and the farm which personifies the sex jokes make the township and Albert’s soppy love story bearable. Whilst not all jokes are as crude as one may believe AMWDW survives the near 2 hours. Certain frames with insertions of pieces from BACK TO THE FUTURE and DJANGO UNCHANGED too will entertain those who know their movies.
Seth McFarlane’s AMWDW is a concentration of crude joke after joke. Some a hit and some a miss. Still a must watch I would say.
TITLE: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
DIRECTED BY: SETH MCFARLANE
STARRING: SETH MCFARLANE, GIOVANNI RIBISI, CHARLIZE THERON, AMANDA SEYFRIED WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS & LIAM NEESON
RUNTIME: 116 MINUTES