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Review - “A Million Ways to Die in the West” - a typical MacFarlane film

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A Million Ways to Die In the West


In this movie, we return back to the good ole Western as a lowly sheep herder, Albert (Seth Macfarlane) and uses the help of a mysterious stranger named Anna (Charlize Theron) try to win back his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried) from Floyd (Neil Patrick Harris).

MacFarlane finds a formula the works for him in his second film, "A Million Ways to Die in the West"

In the follow up to the hit Ted, Seth MacFarlane returns to the big screen in his second directorial movie. As with any of his other work, he follows a certain path that we can all expect, but that doesn’t seem to stop the laughs from coming. He doesn’t shy from sensitive subjects (which is a whole lot if you think about that time period) and works with has made him successful in the past.

Just like you would expect, there was a lot of cameos. Some you were expecting, some not so much. But each one was priceless. MacFarlane doesn’t work without making references to something and while one surprise cameo was ruined in one of the trailers, it was still worth it to watch that scene as you get to feel nostalgic for just a few seconds.

The beginning was a little slow for the film as he tried to set up the story. This is necessary as he needs to break up with his girlfriend so that he can try and win her back. MacFarlane plays the part of the lowly, good guy that who would lose someone like Louise (who just wants the image more then anything).

MacFarlane’s acting is not the best, but for a movie it doesn’t really have to be. He had good chemistry with Theron and their relationship worked on the screen. The best duo though is Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman. Their relationship is just priceless (I won’t tell you what it is, but when you see it, you’ll understand what I mean). They are so funny together and they definitely stole the show.

As becoming the trend with movies now, there is a two scenes that occur after the end of the movie that you need to make sure you stick around to see. While they aren’t long, they are epically funny (especially if you have seen the movie MacFarlane is referencing to. Even if not, you would still get a good laugh at it).

This film is a stereotypical Seth MacFarlane film where it follows crude humor wrapped around jokes that may be over the top. But hey why fix something that’s not broken?

A Million Ways to Die in the West stars Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, and Liam Neeson and is rated R.

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