Seth MacFarlane’s ribald talking teddy comedy Ted took the box office by storm in the summer of 2012, and now he’s making a stab at creating the Blazing Saddles of the 21st century with his new film, A Million Ways to Die in the West. Though the writer-director rarely steps outside of an audio recording booth for his acting roles, this time his cheeky visage will be front and center as he plays the film’s lead, Albert, a lily-livered shepherd living in a highly lethal Old West town who falls for a beautiful newcomer, Anna (Charlize Theron).
A new green-band trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West has just been released. There isn’t too much in the way of new footage – it’s essentially just a more family-friendly version of the red band trailer that came out last week – but it’s worth watching for the couple of additional clips that there are.
MacFarlane’s brand of comedy tends to be very divisive, with most people seeming to either love it or hate it outright, but since A Million Ways to Die in the West doesn’t seem to rely on non sequiturs and pop culture references in the way that Family Guy does, it might be fun even for those who usually dislike MacFarlane’s work.
A Million Ways to Die in the West seems to boast a pretty formulaic plot, with Albert learning the skills and courage needed to stand up to the marauding bad guy (Liam Neeson) and finding true love along the way. There will probably even be a training montage, since Albert goes from just a beginner marksman to a pro, and to show all his training would take too long.
Comparing this trailer with earlier ones, it seems like A Million Ways to Die in the West will shine best with its more raunchy jokes, and overall looks at least as funny as Ted. If all else fails, it has a dance number with a magnificently-mustachioed Neil Patrick Harris, which is almost worth the ticket price on its own.
A Million Ways to Die in the West arrives in theaters on May 30, 2014.