Terry Jones’s final feature movie with Simon Pegg, aliens and talking dog might not have what it takes to become ‘’blockbuster’’ but it’s saved by its witty dialogue, stereotype characters and sci-fi satire.
Pegg couldn’t get far away from ‘’curse’’ that makes him play similar characters in every movie – nice, likeable and irresponsible guy who prefers doing his everyday job rather than trying to reach his potential.
In the beginning he dreams of receiving an award for his famous book by nonetheless than his crush that lives in the same building. His dream reflects real life fear and the possibility of doing ‘’absolutely anything’’ makes him get rid of those fears.
Neil's (Pegg) life becomes interesting when he suddenly receives the power to do absolutely anything, all he has to do is to wave the hand and make it happen.
Neil is ordinary guy, sympathetic, teacher in high school who struggles to finish his novel and with a crush on his downstairs neighbor, Catherine (Kate Beckinsale).
Possessing that gift makes him wish for everything he ever wanted: great body, girl of his dreams and to make high school principal fancy him.
Some of his wishes, such as helping his friend have the woman of his dreams are interpreted as literal, which in the end result as bad choice, the woman end up worshiping his friend- worse than obsession.
Neil doesn't really have real vision of what to do with those powers, since he doesn't have a clue why and how he got them in the first place. What seems too pointless and boring is the character of Greg (Rob Riggle), Catherine's obsessive ex boyfriend. To put him in the last act of movie was exaggerating, so obvious that Jones's didn't have any other idea.
Absolutely anything Neil whishes for comes backfiring at his face, just before expected happy end everyone abandon him, everybody except his dog, Dennis.
If it's worth anything, it's important to know that this is Robin William's last performance, doing voice of Dennis, the dog. It was funny when he started talking, it annoyed Neil and the dog ends up being as much hyperactive as he's supposed to.
Those moments happen to make me laugh like crazy, but still the jokes are so familiar that it doesn't surprise you much.
Although the dog is really cute, when Neil gives him ability to talk he only mess things up, he doesn't seem to know when to stop talking or joking, especially around Catherine.
Whether people will decide to watch this movie really depends on plot description and individual’s preference, it is great choice of entertainment on a rainy day during weekend.
Just as Pegg’s character, movie doesn’t reach its potential and it isn’t something people want to watch multiple times – it’s more of a onetime fun.
You don't expect much when director throws Pegg at the same train he has been riding on for so long - similar characters, dark comedy, aliens.
Although movie doesn't provide such power as other movies with similar topic and plot device, it has few qualities.
It isn't the best role choice for Williams to end his career but it provides sudden funny comic relief that mixes well with Pegg's witty moments.
There are some scenes where I get that feeling that maybe Dennis forms big role in his life, he treats him as a human being rather than a pet.
Is it worth your time?
In conclusion, if you like British comedies you might like this one, it delivers interesting premise but the plot makes big problem.
If it was written and shot around 80’s it might have been big sensation back then, but right now it’s just another movie about aliens, power or simple illusion to kill your boredom.
It gives you very familiar feelings, feelings you get when you first start watching science fiction movies and you really don’t know where to begin with.
Pros and Cons
Robin William's voice over
Sub romantic plot
Unbelievable potrayal of main villain (Grant)
Familiar plot with no twist and turns
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