Sunday, April 4, 2010

EVAN ALMIGHTY

Steve Carell, Lauren Graham, Morgan Freeman,
John Goodman, Wanda Sykes, John Michael Higgins


"A Comedy of Biblical Proportions".




This film was supposed to be the sequel to the 2003 Jim Carrey flick "Bruce Almighty" but at the last minute he backed out of the project. So they chose to focus on Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) instead. He was the weatherman/anchor at the same TV station where Bruce worked. Here he is a newly elected Congressman who is eager to change the world.

But the premise that catapulted the original film to blockbuster status is still the same. God is back and he has instructed Evan to build an ark to protect people from a great flood. For the rest of the film, his family and friends doubt and ridicule poor Evan who cannot escape from this gargantuan task ordered by no less than God himself!

So although it is touted as a comedy, there are a few laughs. Most of them courtesy of Steve Carell, an 'intelligent' comedian who I believe is a more convincing actor than the corny mostly slapstick ridden Jim Carrey. There are special effects in the form of the different pairs of animals that show up at Evan's front porch, backyard and seem to follow him everywhere he goes.

But the whole ark building process isn't simply about a flood, it also expounds on the.protect.the.environment message right to the halls of Congress. The very place where most laws are supposedly enacted for the common good yet certain scrupulous lawmakers bend the law(s) in their favor.

A few laughs with a steady cast makes for an alright film with an environmental theme and a feel good ending. It was pleasant enough to keep me entertained on an Easter Sunday!

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