A Million Ways to Die in the West **Dir: Seth MacFarlane. With: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson. 116 mins. Cert: 15
Fans of Ted’s aggressively scattershot misanthropy may be left wanting by Seth MacFarlane’s mock-Western follow-up; spiritually, it’s closer to a mid-range crowdpleaser like City Slickers than Blazing Saddles, too enamoured of genre convention to reach for the comic dynamite. As a sheep farmer who behaves like any other just-dumped fratboy, MacFarlane remains charmlessly needy, even after Charlize Theron’s gunslinger is roped on to reassure him what a catch he is. Warped excellence lurks in the shadows – in the background parade of violent deaths, and Gilbert Gottfried’s cameo as Abe Lincoln – but draggy pacing means the overall hit rate’s down on even late-period Family Guy.
A Million Ways to Die in the West opens nationwide today.