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Every year there is a movie that pushes the envelope of what we consider offensive. A Million Ways to Die in the West is that movie for 2014. The latest creation from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West is basically what would happen if Ted (2012) and Django Unchained (2012) had a baby.
Back in 2012, Seth MacFarlane made his directorial debut with Ted, which did quite well at the box office grossing over $550 million. It was joked that Ted basically had all the jokes Family Guy could never make on TV. If that was true, then A Million Ways to Die in the West is all the jokes he couldn’t make in Ted. This will also mark a rare time that Seth actually steps out of the audio booth and actually takes part in the movie.
The story goes: while living in a very accident/’things that want to kill you’-ridden town, a shepherd named Albert – played by Seth – falls for a beautiful gunslinger (Charlize Theron) who trains him so that he can save the town from a bandit played by Liam Neeson. Yes that’s right! Liam Neeson is in this movie too, but it doesn’t end there.
Joining the cast is also the one and only Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the man who stole Albert’s girlfriend and has an AMAZING mustache. You can’t go wrong with NPH and considering it seems like he’s channeling his inner Barney Stinson here we have even more reason to celebrate. Throw in Sarah Silverman for some more raunchy comedy and you have the makings of an amazing movie.
Regardless of what you personally think of Seth’s comedy style, this movie looks like a hit. Family Guy certainly polarizes viewers into either loving or hating it, but with an actual story line and no nonsequitor inserts – like we see 20,000 times in Family Guy – this movie seems to be less niche. Sure there’s still the tons of violence, foul language and sexuality, but at least its presented in a way people will get – that ‘way’ here is being blunt and in your face . . . PHRASING.
I personally can’t wait for this movie and think that it’ll at least be as good as Ted, if not better. Again, we actually have Seth himself in this movie as a role and not just a voice. From looking at the trailer, his facial expressions are perfection. Also, remember that Seth is a huge 80s fan. So a lonely shepherd gets trained to become a hot shot gunslinger? That can only mean one thing: Training Montage!