This Rotten Week: Predicting Maleficent And A Million Ways To Die In The West Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-05-26 07:51:50discussion comments
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A Million Ways To Die In The West
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I want to get something out of the way first before I delve into A Million Ways to Die in the West. I think Seth MacFarlane is fantastic. I think Family Guy represents some of the most creative, out of the box writing Iíve seen, and this is independent of the animated genre. Being different and unapologetic counts for something, and I love the Griffin family for it. Additionally, I thought Ted, for the most part, was a good film with moments of true hilarity. Not a perfect flick, but basically a live-action extension of what makes Family Guy so great. At times it got lost a little too much in itself, or at least in its quest for being "that" kind of movie. But again, itís something you can watch a few times through and still laugh. So I want to kiss a little MacFarlane ass first. Feel like thatís important in understanding where Iím going from here.

Before I get to the rest of it, check out the trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West:



This thing might be a mistake: once again a result of too many yes men and too big of a name getting creative and having complete license on a movie. Normally, creative freedom is ideal in a situation, allowing for a mind to carry out a vision of a movie. But there are times when it goes wrong. I think this is one of those situations. This movie looks bad. Real bad. I hope Iím wrong. But I donít think I am.

First off, MacFarlane as the lead actor seems weird. He looks out of place, shoehorned into the role because itís a logical leap to have him star in his own features. Secondly, the jokes (some of which will hit for sure) look to be an onslaught, with nothing ever hitting the cutting room floor. The company line seems to be, "Leave everything in, throw enough jokes against the wall and something will stick." And thatís just the impression I get watching the trailer. After the success of Ted, it is real tough to bet against McFarlane. This one will crush the box office on name alone. But Iím worried about critical reception. I think there it falls flat. Still love you, Seth!
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