Seth MacFarlane is an unimpressive leading man who fails to make much of an impression on the viewer. Though he’s far from terrible, it’s hard not to wonder how much better the film could’ve been with a different leading man. Perhaps, Jay Baruchel or Jason Bateman would’ve been a more appropriate choice.
Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson are the saving graces of the film. Charlize Theron gives the movie her everything, making the most of a mediocre script. She is as charming and delightful as Amanda Seyfried. Liam Neeson, who plays her husband, delivers a remarkable performance too. In fact, he makes more of a lasting impression on audiences than MacFarlane.
A Million Ways to Die in the West also tries to incorporate self-referential humor. However, this often falls flat and most of the jokes fail to be funny. Though the film does have its funny moments, they are few and far between.
Overall, the film feels like a live-action spin-off of Family Guy. It’s hard not to draw parallels between the two, as A Million Ways to Die in the West is quite similar to the show (sans the costumes, of course). The plot, the acting and the tone of the film feel like anything but a Western.
Why should you watch this film?
Starring, directed and produced by Seth MacFarlane, this film is bound to appeal to his fans. It’s a mildly-entertaining film for MacFarlane fans who are looking to kill some time. However, if you’re looking for a well-made Western comedy, you might want to skip this one.