A Million Ways to Die in the West (R16)
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
Reviewed by Graeme Tuckett
A Million Ways To Die in the West is Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's second attempt at a live-action comedy after the sporadically funny Ted. The film started life as an in-joke between MacFarlane and his Ted co-writers. It should have stayed there.
A Million Ways is a comedy Western. The plot is so generic, it's not worth describing. All that matters is; do the jokes work? And the answer is no.
Apart from a couple of inspired moments from Sarah Silverman and Giovanni Ribisi, who are stuck in a tacked on sub-plot, A Million Ways is a mostly laugh free zone.
There's a gag involving Neil Patrick Harris and a hat that might have been funny, had it not been so blatantly stolen from Bridesmaids, and Charlize Theron transcends the material to earn a few wry smiles, but the film is largely DOA.
Go rent a DVD of Blazing Saddles, forty years old this year, and still funnier, smarter, and cruder than this turkey will ever dream of.
- The Dominion Post