A Million Ways to Die in the West (dir. Seth MacFarlane)

Posted: July 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” is a consistently funny film arguing in favor of nerds over tough men, as long as the nerds learn confidence and courage. It’s also an evisceration of misplaced nostalgia for really shitty time periods in American history. It’s always a certain type of person (idiotic Conservatives, mostly) who seem to wax nostalgic about the Old West….or 1776…or the Civil War….or the 1950s when, let’s face it, those periods really would have sucked to live in (maybe not so much the 1950s…unless you weren’t a white male). By mixing middle-brow history jokes with low-brow toilet humor, a handful of legitimately funny pop culture references, and the usual Seth Macfarlane-isms, “A MIllion Ways” doesn’t quite reach the levels of hilarity needed to call it a great comedy, but it is still a very good one. I suppose some feminist film critics will point out that the hero is ultimately fighting for which hot blonde blue-eyed women he’ll end up with, but at least one of them (Charlize Theron) is only partially stereotypical (she’s tough and smart and skilled, but still ends up a damsel in distress towards the end). Oh, and the jokes about Amanda Seyfried’s huge eyes were well appreciated. B+

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