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MOVIE REVIEWNADINE HANCOCK
OPINION: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST: Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, and Neil Patrick Harris; directed by Seth MacFarlane
I'm positive that one of the ways to die in the West is to sit through Seth MacFarlane's latest film, aptly named, A Million Ways to Die in the West, his follow-up to the hit comedy, Ted.
Set in 1882 amongst the Wild West of North America, Seth MacFarlane plays Albert, sheep farmer and town "yella" who has just lost his girlfriend Louise (Seyfried) to moustache aficionado, Foy (Harris). Of course, Albert wants to win Louise back and with the help of mysterious newcomer, Anna (Theron), the pair team up to do just that.
After the success of Ted, it is easy to compare this film with its predecessor. Ted was original, clever, at times disgusting, but still funny; in fact, it was hurt yourself with laughter funny. So, A Million Ways to Die in the West had a lot to live up to and sadly, it disappoints.
In true MacFarlane style, there are bursts of song, random occurrences and instances of offensiveness, some of which warrant a giggle. However, these are mixed in with moments of stupid dialogue, racist comments and other jokes which fell completely flat.
There were clear points in the film where you knew the audience was supposed to laugh but no-one did. And then just in case you didn't already feel like MacFarlane was treating you like an idiot, you are constantly reminded that there are many ways for you to die in the west - yes we get it, we have read the movie title.
Amongst the bad, there are snippets of good in the form of Neil Patrick Harris (who is brilliant and even has the chance to recite one of his catch phrases from How I Met Your Mother), a song about moustaches (which is still stuck in my head) and some truly incredible cameos including Patrick Stewart, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Reynolds, Ewan McGregor and one which I will not spoil but one which made sitting through this film worth it.
- The Southland Times