Definitely has moments of laugh out loud humour throughout, but in between (and some of the gaps between laughs are agonisingly long) we are forced to watch what is simply a bad film. It’s a gratingly cliched romance, barely registers as a western save for when it wants to level jokes at the easy target that is 19th century frontier living, and lacks any excitement as an adventure. McFarlane simply isn’t cut out to be a leading man, but to his credit, he does gift his actresses – Charlize Theron and Sarah Silverman specifically – enough material to walk away with the film. Passes the time, but fans will be left wanting, while casual audiences will simply forget it the moment it’s all over.
Disney proves it can deliver plenty of winning Pixar magic even when producing animated adventures on its own. A retro computer game villain looking for a little appreciation, breaks free of his game and journeys into others in order to find a new purpose. While it may owe more than a passing debt to Toy Story with its similar central conceit, the film succeeds nonetheless, thanks to sterling voice work from John C. Reilly, and a charming script that avoids simply name-checking the best games from the last 30 years, and proves genuinely funny and heartfelt.