After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. When her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.
I liked Ted. It was funny, it was raunchy, and it had a great cameo which I won’t spoil. Family Guy and American Dad are funny enough, and I didn’t think Seth MacFarlane did a terrible job hosting the Oscars. But all of that being said, he’s never been one of my favourite comedy writers, and with a few exceptions, his schtick doesn’t really vary. That brings us to this trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West, the Western spoof comedy written, directed and starring MacFarlane, and I’m honestly torn about whether or not I should be looking forward to it. It’s funny – laugh-out-loud funny at times – but it’s treading in dangerous territory. Neither spoofs nor Westerns have been especially successful over the past few years, and while MacFarlane may well breathe new life into these genres, the track records aren’t good. A Million Ways to Die in the West looks like it could hit the same level of comedy as something like Naked Gun, but watching the trailer, I also got some serious The Villain vibes (which I have posted here for you to watch). I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out.
A Million Ways to Die in the West comes out May 30, 2014.