PLOT- A group of eccentric aliens confer a human being with the power to do absolutely anything, as an experiment.
This film…. Let me try and explain. This film had script help from Douglas Adams (who wrote Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.) It stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The Worlds End), the late, great, Robin Williams (Pick One) features more British comics than I could shake a stick at AND was directed by Terry Jones AND features all the remaining members of MONTY PYTHON ( who made the funniest films in history.) for allegedly the last time.
That’s the equivalent of rounding up the greatest chefs in the world, giving them an amazing kitchen, access to the finest markets and them churning out a school dinner.
The plot is a rip-off of Bruce Almighty (swap out God for genocidal Aliens and Jennifer Anniston for Kate Beckinsale). It seems to have been filmed on a budget of about five hundred pounds, it’s set in a London that has no relation to the real thing, feels stretched and padded like there’s no tomorrow, oh and did i mention that IT WASN’T FUNNY!?!!?
Ok, for every negative there is a positive (except in Terminator and Fantastic Four Films,) Robin Williams did make me chuckle and some of the situations were mildly amusing. Oh, and Kate Beckinsale was amazing in her role. She plays a woman who’s trying to get ahead with her integrity and dignity intact whilst fighting off the affections of the most right wing character outside of Team America World Police and very nearly Mad Maxes Simon Pegg in his own film.
Speaking or Mr. Pegg, this is perhaps the only time in history I’ve watched a film and thought “This would be better if Hugh Grant was in it.” Simply because when you need a bumbling Englishman there’s nobody better for the role. And that’s what the film should have been. Strip out the powers and aliens and talking dogs, make Kate the main character , a woman trying to make her way in the word fighting off a bumbling Englishman and a disaster date that wouldn’t take a hint and you have a pretty good film.
Instead though, we have this. A film about a man being given unlimited powers and because this is a low-budget rated 12 film uses it for cheap tricks and… er… nope, that’s about it. Towards the end he does try and do”good” but the consequences are explained via that old standby “news broadcasts.”
Also, for a person who (I think) is supposed to be an English teacher, he takes forever to work out that he needs to word his wishes very specifically or unintended consequences will happen. So to sum up, it wasn’t funny, it looks cheap, it wasn’t funny, I didn’t recognize or empathize with any of the characters, it feels padded at 85 minutes and did I mention it wasn’t funny?
NB- This is also the last film of the late great Robin Williams and he shows everyone else up and show again that he left us too soon.
My Score– Poor