I was going to wax philosophical about this latest effort from Seth MacFarlane, and justify my profound loathing of this film. But, forget it --- I am not going to bother!
"A Million Ways to Die in the West" is a reprehensible piece of crap --- a bigger load of crap than that of Neil Patrick Harris' character, who unloads a revolting pile right on Main Street, before a gunfight. There isn't one thing funny in this supposed comedy --- it's nothing more than a rip-off of old westerns, comedies and otherwise.
MacFarlane, who co-writes, directs, produces and stars (talk about a control freak), has been allowed to run rampant with his racism, gun violence and ill-will towards women for far too long. It's beyond belief that stars such as Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried would agree to appear in such a misogynistic film.
MacFarlane clearly has issues. But, whatever they are --- they are NOT funny. I'm not wasting any more time on this film or its review. PLEASE, do NOT see "A Million Ways to Die in the West".
Opinion: Huge Don't Bother!
Early on in his new movie, which borrows heavily from films like "Blazing Saddles", Seth MacFarlane expounds upon the dangers that lurk everywhere in the wild west. It's amazing that anyone survived the era. It's equally astounding that so many moviegoers (except for the critics in attendance) at our screening were guffawing at the shenanigans in "A Million Ways to Die in the West".
Some of the bits that writer/director/actor/producer MacFarlane must evidently view as comedy include: a man getting crushed by a huge block of ice, another man relieving himself of a diarrhea attack in public, a sheep urinating on a man's face, a prostitute with semen on her cheek, another man falling dead after a gaseous emission, and a variety of other men being shot to death at point blank range. Forgive me if I forgot to laugh.
With a cast that includes stars like Charlize Theron (the only remotely redeeming aspect of this abominable film), Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried and Sarah Silverman, the obvious question is --- why did they do it? MacFarlane happens to be a talented guy himself, but he seems victimized by his own questionable judgment.
To sum it all up, this follow-up to "Ted", his feature film debut, which I thought was very inventive and funny, is a major regression in MacFarlane's directorial repertoire --- can't wait to see what he does for an encore.
If MacFarlane was going for comedic shock value with this film, he failed miserably. What he has put on screen in 2014 is no longer funny or shocking, just stupid and a bit sick. If a zillion "F" bombs, countless farting scenes, sex jokes, genitalia references and gratuitous violence are your cup of tea, then by all means go see "A Million Ways to Die in the West". But don't say you haven't been warned.
Opinion: Don't Bother!