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A Million Ways to Die in the West - cinema review

Seth MacFarlane as Albert Stark in A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane as Albert Stark in A Million Ways to Die in the West

From the creators of Family Guy and Ted, this is a comedy take on the Western.

Albert Stark, a sheep farmer who while trying to win back his girlfriend, gets drawn to a mysterious new woman in town. The only problem for Stark is that she is married to the meanest gunfighter in the west.

I’ll start off by saying that if you are not a Family Guy or Ted fan, it is probably not worth watching this film. Seth MacFarlane, creator of both, litters the screen with off colour jokes.

However, for the fans of the show, there are plenty of jokes to enjoy and not all of them have been shown in the trailer.

Seth MacFarlane takes on the role of Albert and gives us a modern perspective on America in the 1880s. The rest of the suporting cast all appear to be game for a laugh. Charlize Theron arguably has the toughest job but pulls it off elegantly and there are plenty of excellent cameos.

The film is arguably half an hour too long, and there are plenty of moments that you feel could have been cut. And it probably a little too predictable, all the twists and turns you can see coming a mile away.

But there are plenty of jokes to keep you amused and is an enjoyable film.

Review by Steve Mills

A Million Ways to Die in the West can be seen at Cineworld in Northampton.

 

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