Today: April 17, 2024

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Comedy is a subjective thing. What one person finds hysterical can often leave someone else cold. So, your reaction to A Million Ways to Die in the West depends on what you find funny.

Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane wrote and starred in this comedy western, in which a mild-mannered farmer, Albert, must find his place — and his courage — in the unforgiving world of 1880s Arizona. Along the way, he encounters Charlize Theron as an enigmatic femme fatale and Liam Neeson as her outlaw husband, who comes complete with a bad-guy snarl and a heavy Irish accent. 

Some genuine pieces of gold are in amongst the pyrite, including the wonderfully warped and dark deaths, which often take place, uncommented on, in the background. But A Million Ways to Die pales in comparison to Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, which was said to have inspired the screenplay. In fact, A Million Ways to Die is cruder, and less subtle than Brooks’ famous take on the Western genre. But, if you like the sort of American humour typified by Airplane, then the chances are, this will tickle your funny bone.

A Million Ways to Die in the West Extras include:

  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer/Co-Writer Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writers and Executive Producers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Star Charlize Theron. 
  • Alternate Opening. 
  • Alternate Ending. 
  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes. 
  • Gag Reel. 
  • Once Upon a Time, In a Different West. 
  • A Fistful of Dirt…In Your Mouth.
  • The Good, The Bad and The Increasingly, Decreasing Population.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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