Whelp, 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Just Shot To The Top Of My 'Must See' List
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Whelp, 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Just Shot To The Top Of My 'Must See' List

By Joanna Robinson | Trailers | January 30, 2014 | Comments ()

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As I mentioned yesterday, my love affair with Seth MacFarlane is a complicated one. I both loved Ted entirely and hated his Oscar hosting gig completely. Family Guy can be brilliant. Family Guy can be exhausting. He was dating the Khaleesi and I was consumed with a burning jealousy. He’s no longer dating the Khaleesi and I’m still consumed with a burning jealousy. It’s complicated is what I’m saying. But, dammit, this trailer for A Million Ways To Die In The West has won me over completely. Yeah, it’s a wee bit crass. But, much like Ted, there’s a gooey heart beating at the center of it. Also, hey, all the actors look like themselves!

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  • TotemVole

    Seth wrote, produced, directed and act in this movie. There's so much ego here to inflate ten zeppelins that'sll burn up in the atmosphere.

  • Haystacks

    This looks kinda funny. But it looks like it would be funnier if someone else was playing Seth MacFarlane's character.

  • mzblackwidow

    Liam Neeson & NPH - how could you?? My huge love for you both is not huge enough to make that trailer even remotely funny or to get me over my intense dislike of Seth McFarlane & everything connected to him. Blech.

  • googergieger

    I'll watch it drunk when my friends inevitably order it on Netflix or some such shit. Very drunk. So you know, way I am usual.

  • Aaron Schulz

    "Hey your dicks out" killed me

  • Not gonna get into the discussion on MacFarlane, just wanted to say:

    I hope I find that special someone that will let me list myself as c/o her vagina. *sniff*

  • ASFan

    To the people hating on this, get your heads out of your asses. This is not a Happy Madison abomination, one of which is opening a week before this so hopefully this wipes its ass with that.

  • Wrestling Fan


    I makes me mad that I want to see that! I was so hoping I could crap all over it.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The problem is, of course, MacFarlane, who doesn't seem to be able to act himself out of the proverbial paper bag.

    Without him, it might have worked.

  • Kala

    While this looks kind of amusing (I'll watch this while I'm on the couch having a beer), I had the exact same thought. Wish like hell that MacFarlane had simply hired an actor rather than star in it himself.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Even Wild Wild West looks funnier than this.

  • Well.....dammitalltohell. I'll have to see this. I'll have to send the wife and kid out of town, pay in cash, and deny all knowledge of the event, but I'll have to see it.

  • JenVegas

    Damnit, Seth MacFarlane stop confusing me with the funny. I prefer disliking your dickishness. You do you Charlize, though. You do you.

  • Nadiney

    I'm in.

  • Samantha Klein

    I dunno. Between this and Sean Penn, I think my best friend Charlize Theron might need an intervention of some kind.

  • NateMan

    For this, but not Prometheus? Really?

  • Samantha Klein

    It's a valid point, but at least there she got to work with Fassbender and Elba, right?

  • kbenton

    Both of whom are also (dare I say it, here, of all places) tainted by association with that astonishingly, offensively awful piece of garbage.

    It's really just easier to pretend that movie didn't happen so you can continue liking Alien and not pity each and every one of the actors in it.

  • Samantha Klein

    Ok, ok, I should have seen the signs long before now. You're right. It's all my fault. I've let my friend down! *sob*

  • kbenton

    We all did, Samantha... we all did.

  • That's probably the entire funny two minutes in 90 minutes of dreck. Just sayin'.

  • If it makes me like McFarlane at all, it will be an achievement. Otherwise it looks funneh. But then singing, but with NPH. I'm conflicted!

  • I don't know if I can get over the fact that they're using a modern dialect in a film set in the1880's. This just has a weird vibe imo.

  • pissants_doppelganger

    It's a ridiculous comedy. I don't think they were shooting for historical accuracy. Did the modern dialect really pull you out of the scene where the people on fire were being shot instead of doused with water? Wait, am I missing some sarcasm here?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    So why bother using the setting if the result's going to be completely anachronistic?

  • pissants_doppelganger

    Sorry, to more directly answer your question...

    The anachronism is part of the humor (or attempt at humor, your mileage may vary). The toll booth in Blazing Saddles and the holy hand grenade in Holy Grail are humorous - in part - because they wouldn't exist in that time. So, MacFarlane (and everyone else, I suppose) speaking to these people using thoughts that probably didn't ever occur to them (everything here is trying to kill you) mixed with his delivery in a modern sorta dry style that is popular right now is an attempt at humor.

  • pissants_doppelganger

    I don't know...ask Seth MacFarlane why he used that setting. I'm gonna guess for laughs. It's a lot easier to have a guy get gored by a runaway bull if your setting is "The West".

    Is this really that difficult of a concept? Is Monty Python's Holy Grail any less funny because they didn't use an appropriate dialect? Because you'd probably have a hard time communicating in modern English to people from that time. Should they not have done the ridiculous toll booth scene in Blazing Saddles where they need "a shitload of dimes" because it was an anachronism? It's a goofball comedy.

    Am I fucking crazy?

  • malechai

    Thank you for mentioning Blazing Saddles. I watched the trailer and thought, oh it's a Mel Brooks film but with potty mouth. Which is a big selling feature for me.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    No, you're not, Python's Grail isn't even remotely funny (unlike Life of Brian) and I haven't seen Blazing Saddles (I can't stand Mel Brooks' work, tough).

    Now that that's out of the way: Judging from the trailer it seems that MacFarlane thought: "I have a few punchlines lying around. Let's force them into a Wild West setting, because that hasn't been done for a while." That's the crowbar approach.

    Instead, he could have asked himself first: "I'd like to make a Western. How do I make it a funny one?" You could call that the Pegg/Wright approach. (Replace "funny" with "about revenge" for the Tarantino approach.)

    To take Monthy Python as an example. The Grail movie uses the first method. The jokes are almost all completely off (the worst offender are the communist peasants) and do not fit into the setting, with the result that the references to the movie are more funny than the movie itself. The missing narrative doesn't help, either. Grail was just made for the heck of it.

    In Life of Brian the jokes do fit into the setting while remaining relevant to real world events. Reg's diatribe about "What have the Romans ever done for us?" is the best example. Not all of the movie works (the aliens); the guys probably couldn't help themselves. The coherent narrative helps a lot, too.

    I know that MacFarlane is about as subtle as a bag of hammers. But if you have a (or several) hammers, everything starts to look like a nail. Hitting the audience over the head with the "funny" may works for the Happy Maddison crowd. It's certainly not for me.

  • pissants_doppelganger

    I don't really want to get into a what is/isn't funny argument here, so back to your original statement...

    Do you not believe that anachronism can be used to humorous effect? It's cool if you don't, though I think many would disagree.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Yes, it can. I don't quite know how to phrase the qualifier, though.

    It ... has to work both in a contemporary and in a historical setting. It has to use both as reference points and make fun of them. And you have to avoid hitting the audience over the head with it.

    MacFarlane using his way of speaking is a constant reminder that he's not someone who may have lived in the Wild West. His speech patterns are supposed to be funny. In reality, they jarring in this context. That why I think he just inserted pre-written material into the movie - which could have been any kind of movie, really. If you don't bother with a little bit of authenticity (props aren't enough), the setting doesn't matter.

    Judging from the trailer, the movie doesn't look like a Western. It looks like it's set in a Wild West theme part; a mockery of a mockery, if you will.

  • I can't see a clear comparison to a sight gag, like the tollbooth in Blazing Saddles, where most of the jokes are satire directed at both Westerns and the actual West.

    This isn't an example of anachronism. This is McFarlane using his regular voice - the same voice he's used on his hugely popular cartoons for over a decade - and using a modern speech pattern and jargon because...well, because he can. Not because it's funny.

    You can argue that it doesn't detract from the humour of the film, but you can't say that it actually adds to the humor. The film looks to have some funny scenes, but I doubt there will be any where you're thinking, "The way McFarlane is using his every day voice makes this so much funnier!"

    If this were animated I would have no problem with that part of it, but everything about McFarlane seems so completely contradictory to the overall mise-en-scène (That's right; I'm a film student) that it feels even "less-real" than Ted. JMO

  • Sara_Tonin00

    You are not crazy. I read that last question in disbelief.

  • Davis

    If they were using the words 'goddarn' and 'ninconpoop' seriously people would just laugh at the movie in the wrong way

  • NateMan

    I actually like it for some reason. Normally I'd be right there with you.

  • NateMan

    Well, I am looking forward to that one.

  • This looks absolutely terrible.

    I'm sorry. Not sorry for thinking that, but like, I don't know. I don't want to be mean to it, but every single joke in the trailer is like some B-rate version of another joke? Like it doesn't seem like they WANTED to be funny, I guess.

  • BWeaves

    I did not find anything in the trailer funny. It was like every Woody Allen movie I've ever seen. I sit there and think, "OK, that was a joke. I get it," but it doesn't make me laugh.

    Also, people on fire is not funny. Seriously, not funny.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    The only thing that made me laugh was "Mila Kunis Mila Kunis"

    (I can't believe no one else has commented on that joke.)

  • NateMan

    "Also, people on fire is not funny. Seriously, not funny."

    Disagree. People REALLY on fire is not funny. People pretending to be on fire is pretty funny.

  • BWeaves

    We agree to disagree. People on fire, I don't care if they are stunt people with safeguards to keep from getting burned, are not funny.

  • Antique (webelos8)

    Ricky Bobby not even close to being on fire but thinking he was on fire, now THAT was funny.

  • Nat


  • malechai

    When does it come out? If you say 2015, I will flip this table so hard.

  • lowercase_ryan

    That looks amazing. Sarah Silverman rubbing her stomach while patting her head should not be funny. I loved it.

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