Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Director: Seth MacFarlane. Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Wes Studi. 116 min. Rated R. Comedy/Western.

The story isn't much: a sheep-herder in 1882 Arizona tries to proves himself to his girl, but learns there's more to life than that. The imagery is heavily inspired by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade's opening scene, and gags mostly involve vulgarity, bodily functions, and people falling down, causing numerous eye-rolls. But the noteworthy effort MacFarlane makes, is to break past the ever-constricting taboos of political correctness, by giving Blacks, Muslims, Jews and every other possible minority a run for their money. For that reason only, I hope many people watch this - because people nowadays seriously need to relax.

PS: Lots of cameos, great mid-movie Spielberg/Zemeckis homage, and mid-credits and post-credits scenes. Don't miss 'em.

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