Sound Off: 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
May 30, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "From the guy who brought you Ted." Is it anywhere near as good as Ted? Now playing in theaters is the latest big screen comedy from Seth MacFarlane, who writes, directs and stars in A Million Ways to Die in the West, a parody on westerns. Joining him in the wild west is an excellent cast featuring Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson. So how is it? Best comedy of the summer or waste of time? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!
Note: I haven't seen the movie yet, so here is an excerpt from Ethan's positive review of the movie: "Yes, A Million Ways to Die in the West is about 15 minutes too long and could use a little more frequent laughter. But when a joke lands, it lands hard with some gigantic laughs. This may not be a future classic like Blazing Saddles, and it's probably not even the best comedy of the year when all is said and done, but it's hardly terrible. Seth MacFarlane works as a charmingly arrogant everyman, and he's crafted an original comedy that takes risks other writers and directors don't in this genre." Agree? Do the jokes outshine the rest of it?
What did you think of MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West? Hilarious or terrible?
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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
HATED IT! I didn't laugh once. I really wanted to enjoy it because I LOVED Ted, but it was just so very unfunny...
Kento on May 30, 2014
It was just too much of bad humor. As Kento said, I really tried to laugh a few times...and the cameos gave me that pleasure. But nothing in the actual movie makes it entertaining in any kind. All this comedy talent (Ribisi, Silverman, MacFarlane, Theron) is so much wasted.
filmtogo on May 30, 2014
I felt like I had died of dysentery when watching this crap fest of a movie. Money well wasted.
ali3000 on May 30, 2014
Bo on May 31, 2014
cobrazombie on Jun 1, 2014
For the most part, I like Family Guy, and I liked Ted. The trailers for A Million Ways To Die In The West had me pretty good. Saw the movie today and apart from a few chuckles here and there (most of which were generated from having already seen the jokes in the trailer) the movie felt wayyyyy too long and had me feeling that the writers were just throwing whatever they could think of at the 'funny wall' and see what could stick, which turned out to be....well...not that much. I walked away from the film thinking that it was the product of a studio kowtowing to the whims of its well-paid talent.
fazha on May 30, 2014
Mystified by the reviews for this. The movie is genuinely funny and filled with offensive and surrealistic gags and Macfarlane is a surprisingly gifted actor. The whole ensemble cast is phenomenal and I laughed so hard it hurt in the theater. Not the biggest Macfarlane fan but he knocked it out of the park here.
cam on May 31, 2014
Yeah... seemed odd for a MacFarlane flick (not that there are a ton of references there.) MacFarlane should probably not direct/produce himself. While a terrific voice actor (or is he? I just enjoy his work really,) I just wasn't feeling his performance. There seemed to be huge portions of the movie that were just completely devoid of anything (including laughs.) I literally almost fell asleep a couple of times, & one of my pet peeves is people that fall asleep during movies. The supporting cast was great though (including associated direction, if any.) Terrific performances from Theron, Ribisi, & especially NPH. May have just been too many poop jokes for me. What poop jokes haven't been done!? All of 'em. All the poop jokes have been done. (Disclaimer - I am an avid Family Guy fan, & enjoyed Ted.) I wouldn't even put this one on my Netflix queue. Wait for cable showing.
avconsumer2 on Jun 2, 2014
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