BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: A Million Ways To Die In The West Reviews
By Drax Largo on May 30th, 2014
Despite all the costumes, stunt work, and locations in Monument Valley, this big-budget western spoof by Seth MacFarlane is too glib to live up to its potential.
But for all its hit-and-miss jokes, there are lots of ways to die laughing at this Western raunchfest.
Some of the gags do land – maybe one in four. But the genre-parody genre with big stars and poop jokes needs a little more class than MacFarlane is capable of providing.
Yes, there are a million ways to die in the west. Boredom shouldn’t be one of them.
This movie feels like it has a million jokes, and every single one arrives with a lethal thud.
Quite clever, and the fact that you never really know what the film is going to toss your way is part of the fun. A solidly goofy romp.
MacFarlane’s “Million Ways” has an equal affinity for both the laughs and the Western landscape.
The script squanders many opportunities for real laughs and it continually plays it safe with sophomoric humor that would create giggles in middle-schoolers.
The problem isn’t just that MacFarlane is a bad actor, but that Anna’s character makes absolutely no sense.
Saddles that should blaze in A Million Ways to Die in the West only spit-sizzle, so Mel Brooks is still king, and it’s good to be that.
The movie, which MacFarlane directed and cowrote with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, is clever about its anachronisms. You stay surprised.
A Million Ways to Die moseys unmercifully through a plot whose length can’t sustain its comic invention although once in a while it leaps to a kind of demented life.
In A Million Ways to Die in the West, director-star Seth MacFarlane builds an imposing, affectionate reconstruction of the American movie West, then defaces it with funny mustaches — often literally.
[MacFarlane] has leading-man looks, but is uneasy in his first onscreen performance; he practically jabs the audience in the ribs after every gag or punch line, pushing his product like a used car salesman desperate to make a sale.
Seth MacFarlane’s comedy western boasts gags galore – some a lot cruder than others. But the hits outnumber the misses.
For me, Seth MacFarlane is a bit like the Ron Paul of comedy, with three good ideas for every one REALLY bad one, three genuinely funny gags to one so bad it makes me groan until I start to see flashy things in my field of vision.
For a man who mocks pop culture so well he can barely pull of the most American of pop culture, the western.
[MacFarlane] has written himself the only part with anything to do. Putting him at the center of the film was suicide.
The laughs come a decent enough clip, but McFarlane’s satirical sights are slightly off. He could’ve aimed a little higher a little more often.
Raunchy and irreverent, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” proves there are a million ways to laugh in the West.