In my opinion, Seth Macfarlane is an insanely talented and accomplished comedian responsible for what could now be considered one of the greatest cartoons of all times, Family Guy, along with the highest grossing rated-R comedy film ever, Ted. When you have a solid resume like that, it becomes tough to find that competitive edge against yourself to continually create something better the next time around. So here is the million dollar question about A Million Ways… Does it live up to the comedic awesomeness of Ted or does it fall into a category along with the Cleveland Show?
In the acting world, Seth Macfarlane is better known by the sound of his voice as opposed to his appearance like most of Hollywood’s elite. Up until this point, other than his gigs as a host, Seth has lived behind the cameras as a writer/director/voice actor and much more. Hearing that Paul Rudd turned down the role for Albert, it seems as if Seth made a bold move and casted himself as the lead role. I’ve ignored the critics opinion so far but I can assume that many will bash his off-kilter acting abilities. In my opinion, he killed his first major role with this film and it was his awkwardness on camera that actually added to the comedic appeal of the film.
As always expected, a new style of comedy is brought to light in A Million Ways to Die in the West. The title turned out to be a bit misleading as many who saw the film hoped for a lot more slapstick-style death scenes as opposed to the film’s all encompassing love story.
A Million Ways to Die in the West follows Albert, a cowardly sheep herder (Macfarlane) in the wake of a break-up with a girl he madly loved (Seyfried). As he begins to fall for the mysterious new woman (Theron) in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger (Neeson), announces his arrival.
With a slew of cameo appearances and an A-list cast, A Million Ways to Die in the West was everything I hoped for. There is really no reason to compare this film to Ted in any way. I can only assume that Macfarlane chose the theme of the old west as a way to separate the two comedies from comparison completely to avoid the Family Guy vs. American Dad conundrum.
By: Pat Hanavan