There are images that I wish I could unsee. If there were a time machine that would allow me to go back for just enough time such as the 116 minutes of “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” then I’d jump on it. I love Westerns. I love comedies. This isn’t a good example of either and yet this isn’t bad enough to be good.
The cast is talented and I wonder if any of them will admit they regret some of the things they did in the name of acing.I love Neil Patrick Harris, but do I really want to remember him defecating in a hat? Do I want to remember Liam Neeson with a daisy stuck on his naked butt? Was the movie really worth it? The answer to all these questions is: Not really.
The movie takes place in 1882 in the small town of Old Stump, Arizona.Sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) chickens out of a duel. His girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried) dumps him and takes up with the fop Foy (Harris).
Albert saves a woman during a saloon brawl, Anna (Charlize Theron) who then mentors him and teaches him how to shoot. But we soon learn that Anna has a secret that ties her to an outlaw Clinch (Neeson).
There are some fun surprises including a cameo by Jamie Foxx. Yet it isn’t enough. The extra features also don’t make this worth seeing. This is a sorry misfired parody of Westerns, filled with a lot of talented people but their talent is wasted.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” was released 7 October 2014 on DVD and Blu-ray.