Albert Stark (Seth McFarlane) is a cowardly sheep farmer from Old Stump Arizona in 1862. His girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) sees no future in dating a sheep farmer, and so she breaks up with Albert, and starts dating Foy, (Neil Patrick Harris) owner of a mustache accessory store. A new girl named Anna (Charlize Theron) comes to town, and falls in love with Albert. Unbeknownst to Albert, Anna is the wife of the most feared gunman in the territory, Clinch Leatherwood. (Liam Neeson) What happens when Clinch comes to Old Stump? Does Albert find out that Anna is Clinch’s wife? Does Clinch find out that Anna has fallen in love with Anna?
The running gag in this movie is that the residents in this town keep dying in unusual ways. To call the humor in this movie juvenile is an insult to juveniles everywhere. The movie that this movie most closely compares to is of course Blazing Saddles, but the two aren’t even in the same ballpark. Sure there is the one scene in Blazing Saddles with the cowboys eating baked beans, but every scene in A Million Ways To Die in The West is the baked beans scene, and that gets old fast. Blazing Saddles is a much more daring and better movie, the idea of a black sheriff in the Old West is much more controversial and frankly funnier than anything McFarlane can come up with. I don’t like Family Guy, McFarlane’s tv show, it’s an unfunny version of the Simpsons, so I already went into this movie with low expectations, but this movie didn’t even meet those low expectations. There’s the requisite drug humor because McFarlane is “cool”, unnecessary special effects, an unbelievably unrealistic love story, and Gilbert Gottfied as Abe Lincoln. If you’re still planning to watch this on cable, unsubscribe to the cable channel that’s airing it, if your friend gives this to you as a present, unfriend him/her right away. You can do better. If your mom gives this to you as a present, have her take a maternity test, no mom would make her son or daughter watch this movie. Get as far away from this movie as humanly possible. Please.
Seth McFarlane plays kind of an odd character, he seems to be a 2014 guy in 1860’s Arizona, and so they whole movie has an air of phoniness to it. There are so many anachronisms in this movie, I lost count. What the heck is Charlize Theron doing in this movie? Ruining her career apparently. She is literally paid to laugh at all of McFarlane’s stupid jokes. Amanda Seyfried is also taking match and gasoline to her once-promising career. Sarah Silverman is taking her “shock jock” persona from her stand-up routine to this movie, and it doesn’t translate well. Neil Patrick Harris is simply not funny as the smug entrepreneur. And it’s official, Liam Neeson is in every Hollywood movie currently being made, his Irish accent and character was much better in The Lego movie.
This movie is too long by at least a half hour, who let McFarlane turn this movie into a 2 hour snoozefest? Surprise, surprise, the director is Seth McFarlane, proving he knows nothing about directing a movie. Pacing, look it up Seth, your movie has none. So this movie limps to an end after 2 hours of a meandering pointless story.
A Million Ways To Die in The West. Shear-ly awful.