Movie Review: ‘A Million Way To Die In The West’ Blew Its Wad Before It Ever Began

I was really looking forward to this movie. The red band trailer was the funniest trailer I think I have ever seen in my life. Which, now that I think about it, doesn’t say a lot. Most trailers for comedies just aren’t funny. Still, I went in with very high hopes. I’m sad to say that those hopes were not really realized. That doesn’t mean the movie is not funny, but it’s certainly not the clever movie it appeared to be.

The trailer set this movie up as a film about a guy who is surrounded by a vicious world and must avoid dying from all the craziness of the west. There was a whole assembly line of ways to dies and a number of high profile deaths on display. All of which are in the movie, but mostly just as one of the running gags.  The real story is much more simple and much more cliche’ then that.

Basically, the story breaks down like this. A pansy of a sheep farmer named Albert (Seth McFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) because he refuses to participate in a gun fight. Then he gets all depressed about it and decides he wants to leave his crappy little town for California. Before he can get half way out the door, he runs into a beautiful woman named Anna (Charlize Theron). Anna is everything that Albert is not. She is cool, she can shoot, she is confident, and she really likes Albert.

The catch is, Anna is married and her husband is the biggest outlaw in the west. His name is Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson) and he ain’t going to be very happy when he finds out that the town dork is kissing his wife. You can probably see where this is going and it’s not really that spectacular to watch it happen. Where the movie actually succeeds in in its little comedic moments.

I particularly enjoyed the little sub plot with Sarah Silverman and Giovanni Ribisi. Silverman plays a Christian whore that is saving herself for marriage and Ribisi has to live with his girl screwing everyone. It’s played for some good laughs. I also liked the chemistry between Theron and McFarlane. The movie is at its best when they are just enjoying a sweet scene together and McFarlane is cracking a clever joke.

The problem with this movie is all of the stupid jokes involving shit, piss, or farts. There are so many stupid jokes involving those three things that I really wanted to role my eyes into the back of my head at certain times. These jokes are so bad that I kept thinking about Adam Sandler. You know that you’re movie is doing something wrong when you think about Sandler.

Nathan Ligon
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