Welcome to the Wild Wild Podcast #4
Join co-host Erika “Spunky Destructor” and I as we discuss a couple of films that land on opposite sides of the tracks with regards to overall entertainment value: Edge of Tomorrow and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Given how precious time is these days and how it seems to be passing by at a rate faster than Kim Kardashian’s marriage count can keep up with (almost), it is not hard to see why this Outlaw barely has a couple hours during his weekend to catch the latest high-profile movie release, let alone two of them.
However, that is exactly what I managed to do this past weekend as Wild Wild Podcast co-host Erika “The Spunky Destructor” and I managed to do the near-impossible by squeezing in a viewing of Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi flick, Edge of Tomorrow, and Seth McFarlane’s western satire raunch-fest , A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Sadly, the term ‘western satire raunch-fest’ comes off as somewhat of a compliment, and that is giving A Million Ways entirely too much credit. This movie was SO bad, not only does it give western satires a bad name, it gives the film it was recorded on a bad reputation, including the star, producer, director and writer—all of whom are Seth MacFarlane. With two hours of my life already lost and the inability to scrub from my mind what I witnessed on screen—short of a lobotomy—I have no desire to waste further time on this piece of media that passes for what is supposedly a film. Plus, Spunky Destructor and I manage to spend plenty of valuable seconds ripping the movie a new orifice during the podcast, which you can listen to at your leisure.
The other film of our quasi-doubleheader was the alien invasion film starring the man who made missions impossible, Mr. Tom Cruise. Unlike the steaming pile of dog excrement that was A Million Ways, the Edge of Tomorrow proved to be one of the most enjoyable sci-fi films I’ve seen in quite some time. Borrowing heavily form the concept of Groundhog’s Day, the film revolves around Major William Cage (Cruise) and the need for him to repeat the same day during an alien invasion until he gets it right. Getting it right is a bit of a general umbrella statement as it’s a bit more complicated than that and there is a slight twist to it. As I try to consistently undertake with all of my reviews and podcasts, I keep things relatively spoiler free. If I mention something during the podcast, I usually give some warning so you can fast-forward or mute me completely. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Emily Blunt also turns in a fine performance, especially in the physique department, as the special forces dynamo Rita.
Enough with the typing though as the real meat of the reviews is in the podcast itself. So throw on your headphones, click play, and prepare to laugh (hopefully in public) with the fourth installment of the Wild Wild Podcast!
EDGE OF TOMORROW:
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST: