A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST | THE REVIEW

Well this was an eventful screening. Having a great old laugh, at the few funny scenes, in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, when, 30mins from the end, the port glass shutters drop and the cinema is completely evacuated from a supposed (although unconfirmed) fire that breaks out in the George Street Cinemas Complex. That was it, the end, kaput, we were given no announcement, just dumped on the back street  really. The end, went home. And I have to be honest, I was quite glad to be leaving as this film missed the mark more than it hit with jokes and it seemingly only wanted to gross everyone out as much as it could with toilet humor. TED it is not. A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST releases this THUR 29th MAY from Universal Pictures, is rated MA15+ and is bloated at 116mins – I was very happy with my forced 86mins :).

 

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A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | THE MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY JASON KING

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST is a gross out comedy, but a lot of it is just not funny, or in regards to the pooh “jokes” I saw just went too far. Even South Park remains funny when it goes crazy over the top but this was just ludicrous and obnoxious for the sake of it. Do not get me wrong, I laughed at a lot of things but in the first 5mins when I heard Seth MacFarlane give his first talk to get out of a gunfight I knew this film would disappoint.

Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.

 

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A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ALBERT (MACFARLANE) AND FOY (PATRICK HARRIS)

 

MacFarlane needs to keep behind the camera, he is great at it and creates some sensational comedy, but I just did not like him in front of it. His overbearing screentime felt a bit self indulgent, especially when you have that cast as his support and I do not know the man very well and hope I am not seeing something odd in his looks but he honestly looked like he has ad eye lifts and I could not stop staring at them in a sense of possible queasiness. Charlize was probably just having fun, this film is way below her skill level as it is for basically everyone. I had a few laughs watching Theron and felt her and MacFarlane did have some chemistry together – you could tell half the scenes where she breaks into laughter are due to the lines she was unaware of coming her way.

Neeson I did not see enough but he does have a very smooth butt, especially when Theron places a flower in it. Yep…. I did find Neil Patrick Harris’s character funny at times but then he has some of the worst moments of humour in the film. But you have to enjoy a man who runs a mustachery. Amanda Seyfried was just annoying and the jokes in regards to Edward (Giovani Ribisi) and Ruth (Sarah Silverman) were just way OTT. Although the film is worth this tiny scene to see Ribisi do some odd dancing gyration on the side of the dance floor, cracked me up.

 

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A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | CLINCH (NEESON) AND ANNA (THERON)

 

Also there was something bugging me about the score, from about half way it seems composer Joel McNeely basically rips off the Star Wars soundtrack. Way too many similarities in it for me.

But enough bitching – there is an amazing part of this film I truly loved…………………..the cameos, and more importantly, what I consider the best cameo in the history of film – I clapped – I do not clap mid film, but I clapped!! That is all, I am not telling you, but besides the momentous cameo, look at most of your extras, chances are you will know many of them 🙂

 

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A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | ALBERT (MACFARLANE) HIDING WITH THE SHEEP

 

It could be my age and no doubt freaky stoner teens will love this film because all it wants to do is be stupid, over the top and gross, a little bit like freaky stoner teens. Look mum I grew up :). It is not for me, but in my defence, I do love TED. I did not see the last half an hour so my judgement of the film as a whole is incomplete but as I said before I was actually happy when it ended. I was over it by this stage.

Now – for me this is a 2 pops film, but that cameo is so good it gets a bonus half pop :).

 

JK’S POP SCORE:

2 and a Half Pops

KERNEL ALISTAIR’S POP SCORE:

2 and a Half Pops

KERNEL JOHN’S POP SCORE:

2 and a Half Pops

KERNEL EMMA’S POP SCORE:

2 Pops