A Million Ways To Die in the West is the next Seth MacFarlane live action venture. It’s a western comedy with a large cast; Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson.
It’s about a lowly sheep farmer/herder that learns some life lessons from a frontier woman. Throw in gags and some good ole fashion montages and that’s what you get.
The good; Charlize Theron is just beautiful. Other than being eye candy, she really carries the movie. I would’ve never thought that from those trailers.
The soundtrack is amazing. Joel McNeely really captures that distinctly western sound. Lots of horns coupled with grandeur and vastness. It’s a real homage to the western sound.
The bad; the marketing… those trailers gave a lot away. Even the scene with Doc Brown… why would they want to give that bit in the trailers? I mean, it’s was a delight to have Christopher Lloyd reprise his role as Doc Brown, but why include it in the trailer?
The runtime, it clocks in at 116 minutes… almost 2 whole hours. This should’ve been a 90 min movie. Get in, get out! Just when we get to the third act, the movie could’ve ended here.
Overall, worth renting. The marketing people are banking on the success of Ted to get audiences to watch A Million Ways to Die in the West, so if you’re looking for a repeat of Ted, this isn’t the movie for you.