A Million Ways To Die In The West is a film I really wanted to love, as Seth MacFarlane has built up so much good will in my eyes with Family Guy and his first foray into feature films with the awesome, Ted. Though to be fair, none of those involved him acting physically, as it was all voice acting as well as him directing. So with this being his first attempt at being in front of the camera, so it was new territory, and sadly the film was ended up just being middle of the road.
I mean there was technically nothing bad about it; it just wasn’t as funny consistently throughout. Don’t get me wrong, it had some great moments and some really funny characters, but it just was never able to keep the ball rolling in the jokes department. I also don’t put this onto MacFarlane in an acting sense either, as he was decent, it was just the film as a whole that didn’t fully hold together.
On that front, I was kind of hoping it was more going to be like, Ted, in the type of humour it was putting across, but instead it was more like a live action Family Guy episode. It even had major references to other films like Back To The Future 3, Django Unchained, and a third I currently can’t remember. Plus the minor cameos from Ryan Reynolds and Ewan McGegor, plus I’m sure many others that I missed, really made it feel too self aware for my liking.
So it was a solidly average comedy, and all up I found myself rather board, which is a pity as it did have a lot going for it. But for history buffs and film nerds who want to see a film constantly winking at you about both things, then this is for you.
7 out of 10 from me!!!