A Million Ways To Die In The West
Rotten Watch Prediction
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 I’ve 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, it’s something you can watch a few times through and still laugh. So I want to kiss a little MacFarlane ass first. Feel like that’s important in understanding where I’m 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 I’m wrong. But I don’t think I am.

First off, MacFarlane as the lead actor seems weird. He looks out of place, shoehorned into the role because it’s 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 that’s 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 I’m worried about critical reception. I think there it falls flat. Still love you, Seth!

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