The trailer starts as Seth and his friend, played Giovannia Ribisi, witness the death of a man being crushed by a giant block of ice. Soon, he meets the quirky Charlize Theron, who learns that many people die at the annual county fair. Soon, he finds himself facing a duel with a well known gunslinger (Liam Neeson), and it’s time for Theron to teach this timid farmer just how to shoot a gun.
This film looks to be a lot of fun. Seeming to take a different approach from Ted and any of his animated shows, Seth MacFarlane seems more grounded with this film and unlike Ted, appears to be using more than just crude jokes to attract audiences. There are some genuinely hilarious parts of this trailer, including MacFarlane being unable to shoot a bottle at point blank range, and him speaking with a tribe of Native Indians using their language, where we discover the word for “Fine, fine” is “Mila Kunis, Mila Kunis”. However, one of the trailer’s problems seems to be Seth himself. Not his humour though, his acting. Whilst he may have talent in his writing and directing, he just feels out of place as a leading man. Not to mention this is his first live action role, as opposed to his voice acting in Ted and all of his TV shows. Still, the film has a great cast to boot, as Neeson, Theron and Ribisi are joined by Amanda Seyfried, who plays MacFarlane’s ex girlfriend, Neil Patrick Harris as the man who stole her from him and Sarah Silverman as Ribisi’s prostitute wife.
It definitely won’t be for everyone, but A Million Ways to Die in the West looks to be an enjoyable comedy.