Review by Grace Snyder
This proves to be a lie as Albert quickly finds Louise with the
town’s local moustache-man, Foy (Neil Patrick Harris). Foy is
extravagant and far more impressive than the sheepish Albert and he
wastes no time pointing this out. Albert is beside himself in
anguish, wishing only to win his Louise back.
Saving Albert from drowning in his own sorrows is his peculiar
friend, Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and his whore girlfriend, Ruth
(Sarah Silverman). Edward and Ruth provide a plethora of laughs as
the strange couple. Some of the funniest jokes in the film revolve
around Ruth and Edward’s sexually pure relationship, while Ruth
performs such acts on a daily basis for countless men.
Albert seems to be barreling downhill fast until the beautiful
Anna (Charlize Theron) arrives in town. Anna, who is hiding the fact
that she is the wife of the known and deadly gunslinger, Clinch (Liam
Neeson), makes it her mission to help Albert restore his confidence.
Now although there is a semi-valid plot line in A MILLION WAYS
TO DIE IN THE WEST, it is important to remember that the film is
more or less a parody of a western movie. McFarlane highlights every
stereotypical aspect of the west, from bar fights to deadly snakes
and hoedowns at the local barn. This film is meant to entertain
through comedy, and it does just that.
Despite the perhaps overindulgent presence of McFarlane on screen,
he and the rest of the cast deliver countless laughs. Unlike most
comedies in theatres these days, McFarlane is able to keep the laughs
throughout; in most cases there are mere minutes between obnoxious
cackling. And although McFarlane is the front-runner when it comes to
the wisecracks, each character holds their own. Most impressive is
Charlize Theron, who rarely finds herself in such comedic roles.
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST may not have an actual
point, and it may drag on for a bit longer than needed. However, it
is worth a trip to the theatre. This film may have the potential to
persuade non-believers to accept McFarlane’s interesting and stark
sense of humor. But, if not, it will absolutely please those who
already fans. 3 out of 4 stars.