A million ways to die in the west. A Million Ways To Die In The West review

It's very tempting to treat any film project as merely an excuse to get in more of the same material, or to allow the jokes to run on for longer than a 20-minute episode would usually permit
His central performance is flat and weak, with no real character development and a cocky, chauvinistic quality which makes him unappealing Your AMC Ticket Confirmation can be found in your order confirmation email

As with all the best parody films, A Million Ways To Die pays little attention to consistency of tone or the restrictions of the period setting, and instead fluctuates between self-aware insight and outright and often literal toilet humor, reveling in its own irreverence and unafraid to take a joke just a smidge too far.

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Then Stark must put his newfound bravery to the test when Anna's outlaw husband arrives with plans to plant him in an unmarked grave
A Million Ways To Die In The West review
As it is, it looks and feels for all the world like the writer plucked the resolution out of his arsw, shoehorned the plot around it and then explained it to death, killing the joke in the process
A Million Ways To Die In The West review
The central idea of A Million Ways isn't exactly a bad one
In his role as the leading man, MacFarlane does an impressive job of holding his own when sharing the screen with more accomplished actors like Theron and Liam Neeson who plays a black-hatted bandit with a notoriously fast draw , and he has surprisingly good chemistry with Oscar-winner Theron Whether because his energies are too thinly spread or because he has no real talent at all, he comes up short in every aspect
Doug Naylor, who co-created the original series, recalled being in a room of writers from The Simpsons and Cheers, and being berated for wanting to work on character construction rather than coming up with gags There's nothing inherently wrong with jokes about poo, vomiting, farting or sexual intercourse, but you have to package them in a certain way to stop the comedy becoming about shock value for shock value's sake

But Albert isn't clever: he's as stupid as his creator believes his audience to be.

A Million Ways To Die In The West review
A Million Ways To Die fluctuates between self-aware insight and outright and often literal toilet humor
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Naylor said to the writers present: "It doesn't matter how many one-liners you think of, it's not going to solve the problem
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Its central premise and its cast both have undoubted potential, but every good idea it has is quickly ground down into third-rate physical or scatalogical jokes which are poorly directed, have no staying power, and are offensive for all the wrong reasons
Had Macfarlane put in the hard yards, showing the growing ingenuity and self-respect of Albert, this development would have made much more sense and felt cathartic Mel Brooks understood that comedy is often borne out of human misery, and used even its silliest moments to poke fun at Western stereotypes
However, a beautiful, pistol-packing woman named Anna Charlize Theron rides into town and helps Albert find his inner courage While both filmmakers brought modern dialogue to an historic setting, Macfarlane doesn't do anything constructive with this conceit

While not without brief moments of coherence or spark, the film is largely unfunny, unfocussed, and squanders all the best ideas for the cheapest gag on which it can lay its hands.

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A Million Ways To Die In The West review
There are so many gags being thrown at you that some are bound to stick in a disposable way, and for newcomers to the comedy western sub-genre, there are worse places in which one could start Wagons East, for example
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
In spite of all this, it would be wrong to describe A Million Ways as an abject failure
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
John Waters knew this, Mel Brooks knew this, even the Farrelly Brothers knew this - but clearly it's something that Macfarlane still has to learn