Or they save it. Hard to say at this point, but they do bring about zombies, dogs who sound like Robin Williams and enormous genitalia.
Absolutely Anything looks like Bruce Almighty by way of “Hitchhiker’s Guide” (keeping in mind the script has been around for 20 years).
It features Simon Pegg and a significant amount of wacky comedic set ups that stem from a puny human being imbued with God-like powers. However, I trust that Terry Jones will be able to craft a different tone than Tom Shadyac’s. The trailer makes it seem as mainstream as vanilla ice cream, but I still have faith in the absurdity of everyone involved.
Mostly because it’s fantastic to see Jones return to directing. This will be his first live-action feature since 1996 (Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, featuring an almost unrecognizable Steve Coogan as Mole). His focus over the intervening years has been history, travel and documentaries, so it’s brilliant to watch as the comedy world gets him back.
Of course it’s also a reunion for all the living members of Monty Python. Jones found a way to get them all in the same movie without needing them in the same room: as the voices of aliens testing Earth’s worthiness.
Back when they first started filming, Jones told Empire what the movie was about:
It’s about a man called Neil, a teacher in a sink secondary school, who gets given magic powers by aliens. And he doesn’t know he’s got them in the beginning, so though he can make anything happen, he doesn’t realise until, well, his colleague says, “What would you do if you could do anything?” and Neil responds with, “I’d make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporise them.”
Then there’s an explosion in the school, and they run to 4C’s classroom, open the door and there’s a vast hole in the ground.
So, maybe parting a hot bowl of tomato soup won’t be involved.
Absolutely Anything hits UK theaters on August 14th, and we wish really hard, it’ll be available in the US, too.