February 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM
Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.
The red-band trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West has just been posted on the Web. So I had a look—I absolutely had to look—and it looks like the movie is going to be plain flat hilarious.
Like all MacFarlane’s envelope-pushing endeavors—he created FOX TV’s cartoon series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show, plus he directed the well-received Ted, and, quite notoriously, he hosted last year’s Oscars—this anachronistic Western comedy has been called his Blazing Saddles. And, yes, it appears to be as raunchy, original, and funny as one would hope, expect, and fear.
Co-starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris, Wes Studi, and Tatanka Means, it’s set in 1882 Arizona, and it’s about a chicken farmer (he’s the chicken) who has to grow a pair, and fast, when a fearsome gunslinger comes to town with our hero in his pistol sights.
As you probably recall, Universal Pictures rather conspicuously shot the movie here in New Mexico last summer, using such locations as Santa Fe, Chama, Rio Arriba, Jemez Pueblo, and Shiprock. It opens nationally on Friday, May 30th.
The extended adults-only coming attraction, which runs 3:09, has some killer moments, including Harris and his rockin’ handlebar ‘stache, Silverman as a multi-tasking saloon girl, and a bewigged Theron, who seems like a real game girl, to say the least.
It will have to be rated [R], for very very bad language, considerable bloody violence, plus the usual (for MacFarlane) sex and drugs.
The trailer is already rated [R]. That’s why it’s red-banded—not like the family-friendly green-band trailers you always see, but one with all its grown-up moments still intact and unedited.
Double-dog dare you to watch it here.
But don’t say I didn’t warn you.