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Review of "A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014 Revised 31st May 2014 Revised 1st June 2014 Revised 12th June 2014 Revised 2nd January 2015
REVIEW: "A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST" by Jayne Waterford

Must say a few structural things seemed familiar. Historical characters chatting about contemporary issues of the day. See my script development docs for "PEMULWUY". In Anna Barnes (Charlize Theron) and Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane)'s case the set topics included smiling in photographs and the omniscience of prairie dogs. In my development docs these issues are about the Napoleonic war, the exploits of Lord Nelson, how tight is decent to notch your belt when you're hungry, how good can I look in these rags and Queen Charlotte's Christmas tree making an appearance at the palace in 1802. So grateful my brain is unfettered and my ideas limitless. Not to mention sheep. Hel-lo! Wool Classer. Sheep constantly on the roof was a nice touch. See Enzo Barboni's "LO CHIAMAVANO TRINITA..." (1970).

The sheep's penis scenes were a nightmare and extremely funny if you find the obscene a giggle. Brought back bad memories for me. Their similarity to the small man's john was a particularly scattering moment. Twice.

It was a little slow. Not plodding, drilling the point

home, Quentin Tarantino's "INGLORIOUS BASTERDS" (2009) slow but a little slow between jokes like TV stars hanging out on TV in the evening slow :) But then that was broken up with huge gags. And the gags at the end were so funny that you forget the issues with pace and Albert's unfunny bits.

There was a little Terry Gilliam's "THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS" (2009) in the hallucinogenic vision scene. Liam Neeson was so good that we were glad sheep man, Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) shot the black condor and kicked it in the balls. We were glad to see the sheep men wearing sheep hats. Still amused at the phenomenon of Americans never taking their hats off inside.

Anna Barnes is beautiful in a stylish, classic way. She is competent and sassy and perhaps swears a little more heavily than myself. Clearly she is the kind of hot chick guys love!

There's a little of Marlene Deitrich in Seth MacFarlane. Sub-tle.

Louise (Amanda Seyfried) doesn't do much, but then being bought wrapped sugar candies is pretty much her character arc.

Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and Ruth (Sarah Silverman)

begin at the end of someone else's gag, the whore that won't have sex with her intended because they are Christian. Seems a little reminiscent of Just Judy (Joanna Page) and John (Martin Freeman) as the coy, porn stand-ins in Richard Curtis' "LOVE ACTUALLY" in (2003). And they take off from there. The anticipation of Edward's first experience of a vagina is a stand out.

If you liked Seth MacFarlane's re-invention of "STAR WARS episodes 4, 5 & 6" (1977)-(1983) in "IT'S A TRAP" (2010) done with Family Guy characters then you'll like this very much. I was entertained. 8/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2014.

Seth MacFarlane's
"A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST" (2014)
Writer & Director Seth MacFarlane
Producers Seth MacFarlane, Scott Stuber and Jason Clark
Stars Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris
Release Date 29th May 2014
Category Comedy
Running Time
Rating
Origin USA
Coda x2. Django (Jamie Foxx as the title role Django in Quentin Tarantino's "DJANGO UNCHAINED" (2012)) at the fair gone bad. He does not shoot the effegies of escaped slaves. Then we enjoy a fabulous score, a big Western theme by Alan Silvestri. It's worth sitting there and letting it wash over you. It's as thrilling is the opening sequence. I wish I had a film still of DIRECTOR SETH MacFARLANE. It's so orange and yellow. So Utah. So mesos and plateaus. So cowboy. So beautiful. I have a vague recollection of a John Ford collaborator stating that the scenery was always wonderful but that they couldn't film it because that wasn't why they were there. What a fascinating modern age we live in. Then we see how bad Django has gone. "Bring me one of those white women." It corrects a huge wrong and almost makes
up or the audio assault one sustains about jews and arabs. And talk about black, btw.
http://www.amillionways.com.au
Distributor Universal Pictures International Australasia
Official Blurb "MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the sheep farmer (Albert) in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST. The film also stars Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and MRC’s hit film TED including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who will produce, and Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin who co-wrote the script.

After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test." - UPI Australasia PR