A Million Ways to Die in the West Review

May 28, 2014 7:36 PM

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A Million Ways to Die in the West Review

On paper a western comedy is a very intriguing prospect, only more so with Seth MacFarlane’s name attached to it. ‘The Man Who Killed The Oscars’ earned plaudits as well as a hefty box office reward for 2012’s Ted (the sequel hits cinemas next year), and in addition to writing and directing A Million Ways to Die in the West the film sees him make the transition to live-action acting. Though enjoyable in parts, there is a sense that MacFarlane’s sophomore feature fails to fully maximise its potential.

Set in the Wild West of 1880’s Arizona, MacFarlane stars as sheep farmer Albert Stark, a cowardly man whose self-centred girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) dumps him after he backs out of a gunfight. Wallowing in his feelings of inadequacy, Albert seems set on leaving the unforgiving frontier when ...

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