A Million Ways to Die in the West *
8 August 2014
The trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West looked fun. Good cast, black comedy, and a team with a track record.
I did smile once. I checked my watch and it came on 33 minutes with the start of the bar fight. Up until then I’d stifled groans and sighs of exasperation at horribly obvious and clumsily set up lines like, “Dude, you really shouldn't drink & horse.”
A Million Ways to Die in the West sets out to be a clever parody of the perils of the Wild West but winds up a painfully obvious, drawn out, 21st century looser flick with sledgehammer dialogue and fancy dress.
Alas, it isn’t very clever and wasn’t at all funny for a full hour. Beyond that I have no idea and little interest as the boredom threatened to rot my brain and I departed before grey matter leaked out of my ears.
I’m sure there’s a joke somewhere in A Million Ways to Die in the West but it's difficult to hear it amongst all the dull thudding.
It warrants one star purely for the presence of Charlize Theron. She may make poor choices occasionally, but she remains a fine actress and the cause of more than a few heart flutters.
It wasn’t an entirely wasted evening; I made it home in time to watch a couple of episodes of The Inbetweeners.
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