Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West tries really, really hard to be funny. But you can’t force comedy; it either is or it isn’t. MacFarlane surely knows this but had no choice once he decided to do a raunchy Western with modern sensibilities and his jokes dried up. He ran out of jokes in Ted, too, incidentally, but there’s more life in a raunchy teddy bear than there is walking in the exact footsteps of Blazing Saddles, still one of the best comedies ever made. MacFarlane plays the classic comic hero, bumbling, a bit cowardly, and not at all cut out for the many things that can kill you in the West. That includes a dastardly gunfighter (Liam Neeson) and, in other ways, the outlaw’s wife (Charlize Theron). This is simply a funny idea peppered with a few good lines and a lot of wasted opportunity.
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Producer: Scott Stuber, Seth MacFarlane, Jason Clark, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Christopher Hagen, Wes Studi, Matt Clark, Evan Jones, Aaron McPherson, Rex Linn, Brett Rickaby, Alex Borstein, Ralph Garman, John Aylward, Jay Patterson, Amick Byram, Dennis Haskins, Christopher Lloyd, Gilbert Gottfried and Ewan McGregor