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Film Review: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ Starring Seth McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson

Posted: May 30, 2014 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

What’s not so great, though, is the fact that she’s married to notorious outlaw Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson). Understandably a bit upset with Albert, he challenges Albert to a duel, who must decide whether to accept and risk dying or to decline and lose all the confidence he’d found with Anna.

It wouldn’t be a Seth McFarlane product with a little low-brow humor, and there are probably a few cringe-worthy moments in the film. Fortunately, though, they’re surrounded by enough clever moments and funny gags that it’s easy to dismiss them. The script is also supported by a strong cast, including Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, and “Family Guy” alumna Alex Borstein, who genuinely appear to be having fun on-screen the whole time.

At this point, it pretty much goes without saying, but if you’re not a fan of Seth McFarlane’s TV shows, you’re probably better off going to another movie this weekend. If you are a fan, though, chances are you’ll enjoy all 116 minutes of it. I brought my lovely friend Jennifer, a huge fan of all of Seth’s shows, and she was laughing practically the whole time. When pressed, she couldn’t single out a favorite scene or moment that was her favorite, but I noticed her pretty breathless from laughter during one scene that involved a daisy. I’ll refrain from spoiling it.

For the most part, it seems that the most recent major western releases have been dark and gritty (True Grit3:10 to Yuma, the upcoming Jane Got a Gun, etc.) or on the outlandish side (Cowboys and AliensJonah HexThe Lone Ranger), but there haven’t been a whole lot of western comedies. Should A Million Ways to Die in the West do well in the box office, it’s possible it could inspire a rash of like-minded movies. If you’re looking for a break from the buffet of action films summer’s well-known for, A Million Ways is the perfect dessert.

A Million Ways to Die in the West gets a B+.

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