(This review may contain spoilers).
I was fairly certain this movie would be an entertaining one to watch… and I wasn’t disappointed when I saw it at the cinema.
This film was a particularly amusing one. I think a lot of people would come up with all sorts of things they could do with ultimate power… but those that Neil does without any conscious thought are quite amusing.
The trailer does show some of the amusing things that occur in the film… but there are plenty that take viewers by surprise.
Neil is a character who’s quite sympathetic. He’s very likable and the actor who plays him, Simon Pegg, does a really good job of portraying the character. It’s amusing to see how the other characters react to him and it’s also nice to see that the other characters do have lives outside of their interactions with Neil.
I liked Catherine and I could really empathise with her and how she was going through things with both her work and Grant. I also liked Ray… and I found myself cringing at what Neil inadvertently set in motion with his attempt to ‘help’ his friend.
There was a lot about this movie that made me laugh outright and a few things that did come as a surprise. I also really liked Dennis the dog… even though it was kind of bittersweet to hear Robin Williams’ voice again. I thought it was amusing how so many misunderstandings came about from things that were really quite innocent… and Dennis’ devotion to Neil was incredibly sweet to see.
There were other actors I recognised in this movie and it was good to see the ordinary, everyday lives of the characters as well. The ‘supreme beings’ were fairly amusing… especially with some of the misunderstandings they had.
If you like science fiction comedy, I would recommend this as one to watch. While there are some elements of toilet or sex humour, a lot of the humour is deeper than that. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I imagine I would like to watch it again in the future.