Mild-mannered sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) feels certain that the Western frontier is trying to kill him, then he loses his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried), to the town's most successful businessman. However, a beautiful, pistol-packing woman named Anna (Charlize Theron) rides into town and helps Albert find his inner courage. Then Stark must put his newfound bravery to the test when Anna's outlaw husband arrives with plans to plant him in an unmarked grave.
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Genres: Comedy Western, Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film,
After the surprising success of Ted, my expectation of Seth MacFarlane next live action film were fairly high. Sadly, A Million Ways to Die in the West doesn’t live up to expectations. It plays out like an extended “Road to…” episode of Family Guy with very little in the way of innovation, satire or even laughs. It will bring a grin to your face from time to time but MacFarlane seems to forget he’s making a comedy and seems more interested in making a clichéd western. Outside of the occasional MacFarlane riffs on how horrible the old west was, there isn’t a ton to the plot. As a result the story as a whole lacks forward momentum with noticeable dead spots spread across the bloated run time, most obvious during the climax of the forced storyline with MacFarlane and Theron. A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of those films that has a few false endings and then it drags on for another 20 minutes longer than it should, essentially wasting Liam Neeson’s screen time. A few laughs here and there will never replace Blazing Saddles.