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Absolutely Anything

(UK, France, 2017)

It sounds like a good idea at first. A council of alien beings (voiced by all the surviving members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus), decide to grant a random human the power to do absolutely anything. Simon Pegg is chosen, and we quickly are reminded that one should be careful what one wishes for, as you might just get it. Every wish has a downside and needs to be reversed quickly. But as a friend recently reminded me in a bad report on the ninth episode of the Fast and Furious franchise, if anything can happen, nothing is interesting. We had been enjoying ourselves, and then at almost exactly the mid-point, the thing just stopped being funny. We sat there stone-faced. Too bad about that. It’s half a good movie.