Albert (Seth MacFarlane) is dumped by his girlfriend
he chickens out in a gunfight in the street in 1882 circa the Wild West where
you can die in a million ways. Soon his
ex-girlfriend is dating a mustached business owner named Foy (Neil Patrick Harris).
He rebounds and learns to shoot after he
meets a new friend (Charlize Theron) who is laying low in Albert’s town of old
Stump while waiting for her awful notorious outlaw husband Clinch Leatherwood (Liam
Nesson). Meanwhile, Albert’s best friend
is a dating a hooker (Sarah Silverman), but they aren’t having sex while she is
getting paid to have sex with other guys.
A MILLION WAYS
TO DIE IN THE WEST is funny at times.
Sometimes the jokes really work and other times the jokes don’t quite
gell. The two cameos are great and
thankfully Universal Studios promo people didn’t spoil the cameo during the end
credits (even though they spoiled the other cameo in the trailers even though
MacFarlane wanted to keep it a total surprise).
The cast is great, but Neil Patrick Harris seeks to steal every scene
while Liam Nesson chews the scenery as the main black hat bad guy. Seth MacFarlane
is the weak link in the cast
even though he is the lead, but I have to say I liked A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN
THE WEST better than TED.
Audio commentary with producer Alec Sulkin, actor/
director Seth MacFarlane, and actress Charlize Theron
The alternate opening has some material I wish
they left in
while the alternate opening was thankfully cut for the great end credits cameo.
The deleted, extended, and alternate scenes feature
alternate jokes and a dream sequence I wish they used instead of the one that
ended up in the film.
The gag reel is OK, but there are more laughs
in the film
ONCE UPON A TIME, IN A DIFFERENT WEST is a promotional
featurette that has interviews with Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Sarah
Silverman, and others as they praise each other and comment on how the movie
MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST is a hit and miss
Western comedy which has its comedic moments while some of the deleted material
I wish they left in the film in place of what made it into the film.
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