MTV Review: A Million Ways To Die In The West
We offer our 2 cents on Seth MacFarlane's Wild West death fest...
UK Release Date: 30th May 2014
Running Time: 116 minutes
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Plot: Hapless and hopeless sheep farmer Albert (MacFarlane) chickens out of a gunfight. His girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) soon leaves him for a local rich moustached man named Foy (Harris). Anna (Theron), reluctant wife of gold stealing Western bad man Clinch (Neeson), rides into town and before you know it Albert saves her life in a bar fight. The two hang out, she teaches him to shoot, they fall in love. Clinch predictably finds out and challenges Albert to a gunfight. Good job he’s just had a few lessons with the super-hot and super-shot: Anna.
Best Scene: The film is littered with cameos and film references, some more subtle than others but none better and more hilarious than a surprise visit from a wacky professor from the past or did I mean the future…
Best One Liner: “People die at the fair” One of the million ways to die in the West is apparently at the town fair. This line does get repeated quite a few times but it just gets funnier each time (and with each person – cameo alert!).
Date Movie or Mate Movie?: Mate movie. Ok there is a faint romantic story running in the background but there is just far too much lad and toilet humour to even consider taking your missus.
Scene Stealer: Ruth (Silverman), a prostitute in the local whorehouse and Edward (Ribisi) her Christian boyfriend are a superbly cast duo offering up more than their fair share of laughs and give the film a much needed break from Seth MacFarlane being, well, Seth MacFarlane. Ruth explaining to her sweet boyfriend what a ‘tough day at work’ can be like is a particular highlight.
WTF Moment: Toilet humour gone too far? Moustached snob Foy gets a case of the runs before the gun fight. Noisy, graphic and lengthy. Probably far too much for many viewers.
Summary: It’s stupid, it’s silly, it’s often vulgar and crass, but ultimately, (unlike Albert’s shooting) there are more hits than misses when it comes to the comedy. MacFarlane fans (MacFans) are going to absolutely love it, silly comedy fans will definitely enjoy it, lads are a sure bet, so maybe it’s just a ‘refined women stay clear’ message.
By Lewis Rumbol