A meek, almost cowardly sheep farmer is down on his luck, escaping death by talking his way out of a duel. A mysterious woman, wife to a notorious outlaw, rides into town, and here their two paths cross in what can only be described as two stories. A Million Ways To Die In The West has two sides to it. There’s the rough and tough of the Old West, with some action, some romance, a bit of bravado, and some great jokes (including a few that will bring back a feeling of nostalgia in many an audience member). Then, there is the other story, the slap-stick, gross-out humour that appeals to a different class viewer.
So, a side to the film for each side of the humour fence. The question is, will once side be able to bear the funny-fruit of the other side long enough to enjoy the film? It’s easy enough to grimace during these scenes, with the hope that another sort of humour will come along shortly, and thankfully, the film does not disappoint.
Local belle Charlize Theron plays Anna, the mysterious love interest opposite Seth MacFarlane, as ALbert. Both are surprisingly ideal for these roles, supported by Amanda Seyfried, as Alberts ex-girlfriend, on a path to find herself with a new boyfriend, played Neil Patrick Harris as you’ve never seen him. And, not forgetting the outlaw, Anna’s husband, Clinch, played by Liam Neeson. Sarah Silverman playing the local prostitute, Ruth, along with some over-sharing on her escapades, and her boyfriend Edward, played by Giovanni Ribisi, round off the comedy ensemble that will have audiences in fits of laughter.
Not forgetting the actual plot of the film. It’s simple enough, while entertaining, and forming an enjoyable vehicle for the films funny moments, interspersed with the odd bit of action.
A Million Ways To Die In The West opens Friday, 30 May 2014 in South African cinemas, and is a film you should have on your wishlist for this year! Book now!