“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is a comedy film produced by Universal Pictures and directed by Seth MacFarlane. The plot is also written by MacFarlane together with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opens on May 30, 2014 in U.S. theatres. Its main cast includes: Neil Patrick Harris (Foy), Charlize Theron (Anna), Amanda Seyfried (Louise), Sarah Silverman (Ruth) Liam Neeson (Clinch) Seth MacFarlane (Albert) and Giovanni Ribisi (Edward). Read on to learn more about “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” including its brief synopsis and movie review.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” Synopsis:
The film is Rated R due to its sexual content, language usage, drug and violence material. The movie is set in 1882 Arizona, where a poor and coward sheep farmer named Albert exists. Albert has been dumped by his girlfriend, Louise, for some rich guy named Foy. Mind you, Foy is very much recognisable in his moustache.
Then, here comes a mysterious lady named Anna. She is good at being a gunslinger and likes Albert. Meanwhile, Anna has a secret. She has an abusive husband named Clinch, who is coming to town for revenge. Now, Albert is faced with a far more difficult challenge that he could not imagine himself getting into.
In a different side of the story is Ruth and Edward. Edward is Albert’s best friend and is a virgin. His girlfriend is Ruth who works as a prostitute. While Edward wants to preserve his virginity until he marries, Ruth gives her service to almost 15 men a day. In all fairness, both want to wait until they get married before they make love.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” Movie Review:
Although “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” judging from its plot, is funny, it is far from great coming from a cinematic sense. Harry Ritchie of The Guardian pointed out the film’s lack of details and context, with the jokes being not that sharp in order to work.
“Part of the problem is that MacFarlane doesn’t seem to have added too much to the film script, so this is a novella-length novel and a noticeably flimsy one, lacking detail and context. And what writing there is just isn’t sharp enough to make the jokes work on the page,” said Ritchie in The Guardian article.
Meanwhile, Filmonic’s Andrew Shuster praised the film for being very funny.
“I t is very, very funny. That’s all you can really ask for from a comedy – and on a laugh-per-minute ratio – this absurd thing delivers in spades,” said Shuster in the Filmonic report.
That’s it for the synopsis and review of “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” Don’t forget to watch is as it opens in U.S. theatres on May 30, 2014. Stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news and updates about your favorite movies and TV shows.