A Million Ways to Die in the West - A million ways to laugh
This is the most I’ve laughed in a movie since I saw 21 Jump Street. I have a new admiration for Seth MacFarlane. I was at one time a fan of Family Guy, until I was forced to watch it several times a day by my significant other. Ted was ok. Being familiar with MacFarlane’s work, I felt I had an idea of what to expect going in. Lots of boy humor, and dumb men doing dumb, ridiculous things. Snappy one liners poking fun at current events and other political situations. What I did not expect, was to actually laugh, quite hard, at well written and constructed jokes in a movie with a fairly cliche plot. Boy loses girl, meets new girl, gets over old girl because he realizes she never really loved him kind of story.
Picture it. 1882. Arizona. The Frontier, where life expectancy is 35. Seth MacFarlane plays Albert (nice frontier timey name), a sheep farmer. He’s not a very good sheep farmer. Already in the first couple minutes he has his life threatened by a more western-like cowboy type, who’s upset because his (Albert’s) sheep ate all his grass. Albert is later dumped by his girlfriend, Louise (Seyfried), and then meets Anna(Charlize Theron) during a bar fight. Little does he know, Anna is not only married, but she’s married to the best gunslinger in the Frontier.
The script doesn’t rely too heavily on the plot here. Liam Neesen is a cowboy. He doesn’t even try to hide his accent. The wardrobe is also not authentically western. This film was a way for MacFarlane to exercise his comedicl talents. There are also a few pleasantly surprising cameos, which I would not dare spoil for you. They emerge throughout the film and are sparse enough to where we’re not thinking, “Ok, I’ve had enough now.” See Anchorman 2 if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
I’d also like to mention Neil Patrick Harris. He’s the coolest handlebar mustache sporting, mustache aficionado, mustachery owner, ever. Must have a mustache. If only I were a man and could grow a mustache. I apologize for this paragraph. It makes no sense. Mustache.
This movie is great. From beginning to end. Loved it. Opens May 30, 2014.
When I stopped at a crosswalk today this guy pulled up next to me, rolled his window down, and stuck his head out, and at first I was like ‘Oh no street harassment here it comes.’ but then the guy was like “DUDE! LOOK AT THAT HUGE RAINBOW BEHIND YOU.”
The only appropriate thing for a dude to shout at me out a car window.