Synopsis: A cowardly farmer seeks the help of a gunslinger’s wife to help him win back the woman who left him.
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Thoughts: Tough call, friends, tough call. On the one hand, A Million Ways to Die in the West is headlined by Seth MacFarlane, a comedic presence that I’ve never really warmed to. Complete annoyance as Oscar host aside, I’m not a devotee of Family Guy and felt Ted had some snuggle up and laugh moments but ultimately was a one-trick teddy bear of a film. On the other hand, MacFarlane has assembled an impressive posse of actors that are worth their salt when it comes to wry comedy. Charlize Theron didn’t get the credit she deserved for her bitingly funny turn in Young Adult so it’s nice to see her stretching her funny bone again. While MacFarlane seems to be aiming for a next-gen Blazing Saddles, his go big or go home attitude assures us that like it or not this will rise or fall in a blaze of glory.