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Ask Movie Slate - A Million Ways to Die

By jamescorck
Ask Movie Slate - Episode 218 - A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Did you know I've never had the chance to draw Troubleshoes until this drawing? The guy has been out in the world for everyone to draw him since 2015, yet I never really took the time to sit down and draw him. Maybe it's because he's so big. He's so big I can't fit him in any drawing. I actually had to make Movie's booth about 25% bigger in order to fit him. Also, this has nothing to do with the drawing, but I love how the episode that introduced him was the one that broke so many people back in the early start of Season 5. My God, those were some weak-willed individuals, weren't they?

Perhaps the most annoying thing about "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is how close it is from being a really great oddball comedy like those we used to get from the Zucker-Abraham-Zucker trio. I don't hate Seth McFarlane the way so many other people do. I like Family Guy. I love their Star War parodies. I even got a knack for American Dad and The Cleveland Show. And I really enjoyed "Ted" quite a lot (review incoming in the next few weeks). But "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is poorly misguided. The comedy could've worked all the time had it maintained more focus, but as it is it's only intermittently funny like a broken signal light. The acting is all over the place, being Seth McFarlane himself the worst one. He's a damn good voice actor but the moment he's in front of the camera all I wanted was to punch him. Even the slapstick is also uneven, which sucks because it's not much different from an episode of Family Guy, or from what we saw on "Ted", but while those often have a structure that opens for cutaway jokes this movie is constructed solely out of cutaway jokes. And the same way a cake just made of frosting becomes inedible after two bites, this movie becomes unwatchable after two hours, with only some funny jokes and a battery of cameos to hold it up.

"A Million Ways to Die in the West" is a frustrating oddball comedy that just stands out for being the one thing Seth McFarlane created that not even fans of Seth McFarlane could defend.

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Hexedecimal's avatar
Ouch... I feel more bad for Trouble Shoes more then I did originally!
tigreanpony's avatar
Never watch the movie, still great piece I like how you did it.
LordBurn's avatar
Hopefully Troubleshoes doesn't have to Cool-Aid Man his way though the wall to get out.  I mean, Ponyville only takes marginally less damage routinely than Angel Grove, but the insurance it probably particular on if its caused by Princesses doing/trying to stop it.

He really looks good.  A bit closer to your non-Movie Slate work, but it fits really well.  

I have zero interest in anything by MacFarlain, so I can't really comment on the subject matter.
FralLeman's avatar
Oh this made me laugh!

I think he(Seth) is doing a much better job in The Orville compared to Million ways.
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Applejack2011's avatar
I haven't seen this movie in ages
One-Violet-Rose's avatar
"Yesterday was rough." Giggle 
SyliaStingray's avatar
You should check out the Orville, the new series that Seth is doing. I think he's doing a better job at acting. Granted, I haven't seen the movie to be able to compare, but I really enjoy the Orville. 
MeganekkoPlymouth241's avatar
I've always had a rather disdain for anything Seth MacFarlance makes. I heavily dislike Family Guy, and although I think American Dad and Ted are decent, most of everything else just does not click for me. This movie a the particular sticking point.
Glaber's avatar
What about the Orville?
SgtNolisten's avatar
Still can’t believe I still have to pay child support when the mother raped me via spider and the kid broke my chest...
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