A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Directed By – Seth MacFarlane

Screenplay By – Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild

Cinematography By – Michael Barrett

Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi & Sarah Silverman

116 min.

After seeing this movie in theaters this past summer I thought it was a hysterical comedy. Returning to it over this past Thanksgiving holiday I am not so pleased. Coming in around two hours long there really is only about 15-20 jokes in this movie. For those of you not so skilled in the art of mathematics, that is less than a joke every five minutes. Now for those of you who are familiar with the show Family Guy, that show is 22 minutes in length and probably averages 35-40 jokes a show, coming in at about two jokes per minute. So how could MacFarlane come up so sort on jokes in this comedy western? I have no idea.

I think on my first viewing I got carried away with some of the production aspects and how funny the new jokes were to me. However, on this second viewing the jokes felt stale, with the music and old time-y western cinema-style attempt unable to sustain this movie on its own.

Neil Patrick Harris is easily the funniest part of this movie. The jokes about the mustache(s) aren’t raunchy, they’re just hilarious. And all of NPH’s sheep puns are also funny. NPH and the mustache jokes might not save this movie, but it’ll help you get through it.

There are some very funny moments in A Million Ways, but they come in few and far between each other. That being said, this is a Seth MacFarlane movie, a man who has indeed put his stamp on our Family Guy infused culture and is worth a first watch. Just don’t get carried away and watch it a second time.

God Bless America

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