Five power hungry and evil aliens (played by the Monty Python gang of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) decide to blow up Earth and the Human Race, however in order to do it fairly and in convention with universal protocol. In order to determine whether the Human Race has what it takes to be good or evil, the aliens bestow the power to do Absolutely Anything to one man, Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg) for ten days. Simon Pegg and Monty Python are also joined by Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle, Eddie Izzard and Joanna Lumley in a great acting cast. Of course this film is a poignant end to the wonderful acting career of a the late Robin Williams.
As the plot line suggests and because it was written by a Monty Python, this film is a silly, good fun film…like most things Simon Pegg and Monty Python have done. Most of the cast in this film have made their careers in comedy and they are very good at making people laugh. The plot line is not too original and is fairly similar to that of Bruce Almighty. The storyline is fairly predictable and safe but that doesn’t matter…because the laughs along the journey of the film are well worth the predictability of the plot. One of the nice twists of this film is that Neil Clarke gets exactly what he wished for, not what he things he wished for. For instance, when asking for one bottle of whiskey to exchange itself for a new bottle – the bottle takes itself off for a walk to the local shop and smashes through the window! I did find the film lacked in parts as it built up momentum to the next funny part, and I didn’t think it was as good as Hot Fuzz, but I still think this is a VERY good film.
It is a fitting tribute to Robin Williams and the glorious career he has had and it was great for him to once again make me laugh, like he has done for years. Would I have this film again? More than twice more? Absolutely nothing could stop me (except if Aliens you know destroyed all the DVDS in the world and annihilate Netflix)!