He’s a confusing quantity, that Simon Pegg. He’s delighted in his work with Edgar Wright, bringing feather-light hilarity to the installments of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead, and 2013’s The World’s End). And yet, when left to his own devices when choosing films, Pegg goes right for the stinkers. Last year’s Hector And The Search For Happiness was a cheery salute to the delights of imperialism and facile morality, Kill Me Three Times was joyless and dim, and A Fantastic Fear Of Everything was an overbearing slog. The guy benefits from a strong collaborative hand.
With this in mind, we tentatively approached the first trailer for Pegg’s newest feature, Absolutely Anything, a comedy directed and co-written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones. Think of it as a Limey spin on Bruce Almighty: A group of powerful aliens (voiced by the other Monty Python survivors, no less) bestow the power to do and be anything imaginable on a regular schmuck played by Pegg. It’s a test, designed to determine the fate of the Earth. Should Pegg’s character wise up and use his newfound abilities for the betterment of all humankind, the aliens will deem Earth worthy of salvaging. If, however, he uses the powers to dick around and reap personal benefit, it’s curtains for the planet. Will our man learn a valuable lesson about helping his fellow inhabitants on this spinning blue marble? The trailer suggests he will! Take a look below:
The trail of the tape
Title: Absolutely Anything
Director: Terry Jones
Screenwriter: Gavin Scott, Terry Jones
Cast: Simon Pegg, Robin Williams, Kate Beckinsale, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese
Release date: August 14, 2015 (U.K. première)
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “I was being selfish, I could’ve made people happy!”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Well, it is what it is. It’s a painfully easy joke, but who among us can honestly say we wouldn’t use total omnipotence to give ourselves jumbo-sized ding-dongs? The film looks markedly mediocre, but the aspect that really stings is that it happens to contain the final film performance from Robin Williams, as the voice of a dog who’s intent on humping his master’s leg. Let us remember him as he was, and not as the horny dog in Absolutely Anything.