A Million Ways to Die in the West

Holy crap.  I just realized it’s been almost a month since I posted.  I know, I know.  Lazy ass Eric.  And yeah that’s part of it.  Part of it is the kids were sick.  They are always sick!  And of course I got sick.  I never get sick.  I don’t believe in it.  But since I had kids, I’m always sick.  And then there are the migraines.  Super fun.

I was going to post last Sunday.  I had this big deal all set up.  Phil and I were going to play golf.  I was going to take pictures, post scores… Well not all scores.  The scores from the holes we did well on.  Not the final scores.  But, we both have a good hole here and there.  But no, Phil had to work!  Every weekend Phil has to go to work!  And of course, I was sick off my ass.  But I’m gonna blame Phil.

I haven’t even been able to get out and see any summer blockbusters!  The Amazing Spider-Man 2?  Nope!  Godzilla?  Not Yet!  Last night though, I got out and saw A Million Ways to Die in the West.  Which was good because it was the movie that came out in May that I was most excited to see.  I love Tuesdays.  I don’t know how it works where others live, but its $5 here.  I never want to go to a full priced movie again.  Or an opening night movie either.  Screw long lines, and paying $10.75 for a movie.  Although it was pretty crowded last night.  Stupid summer vacation.  Oh!  Holy shit was it freezing in the theater.  I swear I must have been right under the vent.  It was like 104 degrees here yesterday, so I get why they were blasting the AC, but damn.

Anyway, onto the movie.  It was written, directed, produced and starred Seth MacFarlane.  He plays Albert, a  sheep farmer who hates living in the western frontier.  After being dumped by his girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried.  In my top 5 by the way), he decides to move to San Francisco to start a new life.  Before leaving, he meets the newest member of town, Anna (Charlize Theron) who just happens to be the wife of the most infamous outlaw in the west (Liam Neeson).  After Louise starts dating the owner of the Moustachery, Foye (Neil Patrick Harris), Albert challenges Foye to a duel and Anna helps teach Albert how to shoot a gun.

As she’s teaching him how to shoot, they develop a friendship, which turns into something deeper.  Her husband finds out, and comes to town to find Albert and in turn challenges him to a fight to the death!  So much fighting to the death in the old west!

So as you can see, there are a ton of big names in this movie.  It also stars someone I love, Giovanni Ribisi along with Sarah Silverman.  As big as I some of these actors are, Seth MacFarlane actually does pretty well.  I know he’s acted before, but mostly he is known for his voice work on Family Guy.  So thumbs up, Seth.  Good work.  I was actually more surprised with Harris’s performance.  Let me preface this by saying I love NPH.  But to me, he seemed more like he was playing his character from How I Met Your Mother in the old west than Foye.  He even used the line “Challenge Accepted!” which for those of you who aren’t fans of the show, is something he said often.

The movie falls into the category of movies I found funny, but not amazing.  What I mean is, if you think of some of your favorite comedies ever, the jokes are ongoing throughout the movie.  Then there are movies that are good, but once the movie gets deeper into the story, the jokes slowly go away.  This was one of those movies for me.  There were still funny parts throughout, but I felt like the first 30-45 minutes was far funnier than the last 30-45 minutes.

If you enjoy Seth MacFarlane humor, you’ll like this movie.  My friend Mike does not.  I’ve tried and tried.  There’s little hope for him.  But, if you were thinking about spending the theater bucks, they can probably be better spent elsewhere.  (Looks at upcoming movies…..) Ok maybe not.  If you wanted to wait for DVD, you wouldn’t be missing anything.  But here’s a tip.  If and when you see this film, you have to wait till after the credits.  All the way at the end.  It’s a scene that’s less than five seconds.  And it’s totally worth it.



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