What works and what doesn't work in Seth MacFarlane's western comedy
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Best: All the amazing location work
I'm not sure there's anything particularly funny about the swooping helicopter shots of Monument Valley in the opening titles of 'A Million Ways To Die In The West,' but they sure are beautiful. There's quite a bit of the film where MacFarlane takes advantage of the natural beauty of our country and makes sure you know that they were really on location filming this stuff. If there's a chance to stage a scene on top of a giant mesa at sunset looking down into a purple-and-blue-streaked red rock valley, MacFarlane goes for it. It may be showing off the budget, but it doesn't make it one bit less visually ravishing. I almost didn't mind waiting for ten minutes between jokes.
- Drew McWeeny