Friday, December 4, 2015

Absolutely Anything (2015)

Director: Terry Jones
Writers:   Gavin Scott, Terry Jones
Cast:       Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar

A group of eccentric aliens confer a human being with the power to do absolutely anything, as an experiment to judge whether they should destroy the planet or not based on his behavior. 

The selling point of the film was the reunion of Monty Python team after a long gap. That in itself would have helped them to attract the cast towards the project. It cannot really be called a Monty Python film as only Terry Jones worked on a technical level with the involvement of other Pythons restricted to giving voice-overs for the alien characters. It was also the last film for late Robin Williams and he provides the voice-over for the dog character. 

Film was a huge critical failure with a Metacritic score of 34 and Rotten Tomatoes score of 9. I agree more with the former score. It is a watchable film with a very basic scenario which all of us must have fantasized about at some point of time. Most of the comedy comes out of the pedantic nature of his power which very much depends on the words he uses. You will get enough number of laughs out of it and is a decent enough watch if you go in with toned down expectations. Plot is kind of similar to 'Bruce Almighty' but the basic nature of the central character is very different. 

So, to sum up, it is watchable film made in a very lazy manner. Some of the expositions are laughably bad and some of its characters, very poorly written. You will still manage to get enough number of laughs and Simon Pegg always provide a minimum guarantee anyway. Just forget the fact that Monty Python team is associated with the project in any manner and watch it just as a low-brow comedy.

Rating: 2/5