Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Million Ways to Die in the West Review

I understand comedy is subjective, and normally I can appreciate the concept of to each their own, what I may love others may loathe and vice versa...but seriously, fuck this movie, this awful, painfully unfunny nonsense. Everything Seth MacFarlane has done prior to this garbage is now rendered meaningless. He doesn't earn a pass for this pile of shit because he made Family Guy and a decently funny movie about a talking teddy bear. It may be difficult to watch anything associated with the man again, past or future work, because at this moment even hearing his voice makes me feel ashamed of what passes as comedic material these days.

Is it possible this was done intentionally as a joke? Like, perhaps MacFarlane knows this is offensively terrible and is just trolling the film industry to see if people would actually pay to watch such a cringe worthy 105 or so minutes. At one point he actually questions why what a character is doing is funny, and he turns towards the camera and asks someone near them why they are laughing? Is it possible that this was a breaking the fourth wall moment and he was actually asking the people in the theater, why are you laughing and how is this funny, referring to his own film? This moment comes immediately after they play a carnival game titled Runaway Slave, where they get the idea. This is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with this level of "comedy". There is nothing funny about this, and if you laughed at it you should feel some level of shame for it. No I am not being overly sensitive, this is a fact. The inclusion of a shooting slaves joke is literally just MacFarlane trying to be shocking and controversial, hoping they write articles about how edgy he is, how much he is willing to push the limits, when in reality he is just an uninspired asshole.

I am writing this with the film paused and still twenty some odd minutes to go, and you know what? I'm not going to finish it. I am not going to waste another second of my life watching something this horrible and boring and cynical and trying to find some decency in it. There is nothing redeeming or interesting about this gross attempt at humor.

I laughed more while at the hospital with my daughter while she was treated for a serious injury last week. The nurse that was helping to reattach her finger had a better grasp on comedy than Seth MacFarlane. Seriously, fuck that guy.


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