A teacher is given omnipotent powers as part of an alien experiment
to determine whether mankind is worth saving or destroying.
Absolutely Anything (2015)
Directed by Terry Jones
Written by Terry Jones and Gavin Scott
Starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams,
Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard, John Cleese,
Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
Being a massive fan of Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, and Monty Python, I was certain going into this film that I was going to enjoy it. What I didn't realize is how much everyone else seemed to hate it. Absolutely Anything is sitting at an 18% Rotten Tomatoes score, which is so low it's insulting. Is this movie perfect? Of course not. Is it downright hilarious? Not really. But it's entertaining and it's a fun watch for the concept alone. I liked it, not as much as I thought I would admittedly, but I still liked it.
Simon Pegg plays Neil Clarke, a teacher who is randomly chosen by a league of aliens to be granted the power to do anything he wants. His use or misuse of this power will help the aliens determine whether or not they should bring Earth into their alliance or destroy it and save themselves the trouble. The aliens, by the way, are voiced by the surviving members of Monty Python. What a treat! It had been over 30 years since their last feature film and seeing them together again, even as CGI aliens, was simply delightful. Not to mention this film also features Robin Williams's final performance as the voice of Dennis the Dog, one of the strongest points of the film. As far as laughs go, this film is surprisingly sparse, though there are several moments that had me in stitches, particularly scenes with Rob Riggle's arrogant psycho stalker Grant.
Absolutely Anything is an entertaining mindless comedy that brings together some of the greatest minds in witty comedy to make a film that answers the question we've all asked ourselves. What would you do if you could do anything? Turns out, absolute power doesn't necessarily corrupt, but it will make you lose your fucking mind. I recommend checking this film out. It's worth a few laughs and the performances are all decent.