Title: A Million Ways to Die in the West Director: Seth MacFarlane Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 56m
“Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.”
0:48 - Universal Pictures and Mr C present… 2:22 - Loving the long opening credits sequence too, so Western. 7:43 - “People are living to be 35 these days.” 8:48 - Love Ribisi. 10:38 - There actually is a sheep on the roof. 13:13 - “Everything out here that’s not you, wants to kill you.” 16:06 - Drink and horse. 19:14 - Wonder if Neeson has a set of specialist Western skills in this. 24:54 - Hehe, like the unshorn sheep. 34:12 - “We’ve got our own thing going on, nobody needs to come over here.” Fake fighting. 37:47 - Moon! 42:21 - “Photographs. Made by lightning and God himself!” 54:57 - This is the best training montage ever. 1:05:47 - “How are you so blind with eyes that big?” 1:06:33 - What would life be like if there were only three songs? 1:12:48 - OMFG. 1:19:46 - “We should all just wear coffins as clothes.” 1:27:48 - Neeson makes a really good Western bad guy. 1:39:25 - Hehehe, penny farthing’s have never made sense to me. 1:45:40 - “Your wife.” 1:49:29 - Jeez, that’s like the Glastonbury of sheep.
The trailer for this one seemed amusing enough for us to give it a watch although I did have some misgivings. We liked Ted, but I’m always slightly wary when someone writes and stars and directs in things - as though no one else was really bothered about the project.
As with many of the films of this nature, it was hit and miss in its comedy and story, but the hits were absolutely spot on. It’s got its immature moments, but then again it’s got some really interesting insights. There are surprise moments of the good kind (oh my god the barn), and of the bad (the bull at the fair - eek).
I also didn’t really feel Seth had the presence in this one to pull it off. He sounded far more confident and comfortable voicing Ted, but being the actual front man… maybe he needs a bit more time for that one.
Mostly good, occasionally genius, not always perfect but worth a watch.