Director: Terry Jones
Usually I write an introductory paragraph that leads into the synopsis of a film. A few basic lines that simply serve as an opener. Perhaps I will make a joke that isn’t quite as funny as I think it is, or I talk about a certain quality to the film that I just viewed may have. The film Absolutely Anything has no qualities until the credits roll because at least then we know the movie is over.
Neil (Simon Pegg) is imbued with the power to do absolutely anything, he is for all intents and purposes, now a god. He was granted these powers by intergalactic beings in order to determine if Earthlings will use such a power for good or evil, should we fail such a test, the results would be the destruction of Earth.
This movie already exists, it is called Bruce Almighty which starred Hollywood comedic legend Jim Carrey. So not only is Absolutely Anything a painful movie to sit through, it is not even remotely original. Neil is able to do anything he wants, all he must do is wave his hand, there are no clear limits as to what he can do. What would you do? Would you live in a mansion? Grant yourself the powers of Superman? Reconnect with a loved one? Be young again? The list is non-exhaustive, there are an infinite number of things you could do and get. What does Neil do? He continues to go work, his usual 9-5, he gets flustered with situations and conflicts as if he didn’t have powers. He allows the woman he loves to think he prefers the company of men just to keep his secret, even though he has already revealed his secret. The whole thing is nonsensical. This film may have set my personal record for eye rolls for one movie and what is most shocking is the writers and cast involved are some pretty heavy hitters including writer Terry Jones who has multiple Monty Python classics on his resume, it is truly baffling.
This was a bad movie, an unoriginal concept, well, a rip off of something we’ve already seen, that is poorly written with some of the biggest plot holes you’ve ever seen. If you love comedy, if you love to laugh then you should skip this movie because it may ruin your sense of humor.