May 30, 2014
This is no Blazing Saddles, which is the movie you should watch instead of this. I am certain the cast had a blast making the movie, and looks like Liam Neeson and Neil Patrick Harris are legitimately enjoying themselves, but as a movie (which should be the most important thing) it just fails. For one thing it is much too long and it felt it. Also, it suffers from a fate similar to Neighbors, the trailer is rather funny, but when you take the trailer contents and spread them out and give them context, they just fall flat.
I think part of it is Seth MacFarlane and his odd, featureless, marshmallow-like face. It looks like he did a little too much Botox, or is wearing a mask of himself. There is just something weird about him. Plus, he is not much of an actor, take away the animated characters and CG bears and you are left with him on the screen, explaining everything to us. At one point he tells a joke, walks off camera, then walks back and explains the joke. Ugh.
A Million Ways to Die in the West is just not fun by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps play a game of spot the cameo and you can turn it into a drinking game. I have no desire to revisit this one again. At least Charlize Theron looks great.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 5/30/2014 06:11:00 PM
Labels: 2010s, 2014, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Comedy, Critical Capsule, Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Movie Review, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Seth MacFarlane, Theatrical Release, Western
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.