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Trailer Review: Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'
The Family Guy creator laid an egg with Ted, even if it was kind of hilarious. But it relied on his show's humour too much, not really using it as a baseline but failing to create anything different from it. Ted was like every Will Ferrell movie since, well, the first Anchorman. It was just more of the same, and none of anything new.
But with A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacFarlane shows his face... and his hand.
With Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, and a fetching woman – Charlie Theron, you are perfect, and my email is on my Facebook page – MacFarlane appears to have created a comedy-Western that won't just live by a few trailer-made moments spread out and strategically placed in sporadic holes. A Million Ways could be a feature film that's actually a feature film.
Sure, there's all of Family Guy's trademark stuff. The impossibly quick movement, surprisingly worthwhile action scenes, and the gratuitously bloody violence. There's also the ongoing parody of any movie possibly like it, with MacFarlane beginning the trailer with this rather true and mocking description of the Wild West, the same place we think we'd love when we see it in Butch Cassidy or the third Back to the Future: "The American West is a terrible place, in time," MacFarlane says. "Everything out here that's not you wants to kill you."
MacFarlane has created for the Wild West what every college student has created for the Hollywood-stereotyped police commissioner. You know that whole, "You're a loose cannon, Brigsy. Turn in your gun and your badge. You're off the force!"
Well, A Million Ways is that in spurs and a low hat.
And, unlike Ted, it might have a plot.