REVIEW: Evan Almighty
Can you “Change the world”?
According to God (Morgan Freeman) you can start by simply
doing acts of random kindness. Evan Baxter (Steve Carell)
needed to learn that lesson. He also needed and was heavily
persuaded to build an ark for the coming flood. The what? In
the 21st century? But in the Bible God said He would
never do that again? Well . . .
Honestly, I heard so much negativity surrounding this
project and its wasted hefty budget that I went in with low
expectations. Heck, I even tried not to like it but I
couldn’t. I laughed, sympathized, connected,
almost cried, cheered, and applauded at the end. It is a
pleasantly charming and inspiring modern day version of one
of the oldest stories in the Old Testament, with a twist of
course. When I first heard about
this movie I really thought the story line was going to be
dull, thus ruining it. Director/Producer Tom Shadyac (Liar
Liar, Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor) made sure that
didn’t happen. There was beauty
in the nature, beauty in the animals, beauty in the ark,
beauty in the family, beauty in the comedy, and beauty in
the faith. The story was true to its source too. From the
ark and animals to the beard and robes to the ridicule and
incredulity of the people, I was not disappointed. I think
even the true Almighty One would be satisfied. By the
way, an 80’ W x 60’ H x 275’ L ark replica was built in the
production of this
movie, which is unheard of in the age of computer graphics.
Granted, many may argue that this Almighty is not
better than when Bruce was tapped, but it is still good.
Jim Carrey is a tough act to follow, so you have to give
Steve some credit for stepping up to the plate and
delivering. Sure, he might not be Barry Bonds just yet, but
he has a pretty good batting average. Morgan
Freeman as God once again, are you kidding? He is the best
human being to play that all important role since George
Burns in the Oh God movies. John Goodman as a congressman is
quite intimidating. I’m
biased when it comes to Wanda Sykes. Although her character
was mostly pointless, and usually her characters are, it
doesn’t matter. Her delivery of one-liners is just classic.
An impressive fact about this movie is that it was a “green”
production. Given its environmental theme, it would be
contradictory for the production to not follow suit. In
order to balance out the calculated carbon emissions during
production, 2050 trees were planted. In addition, every
piece of material used in the production that could be
salvaged was recycled and donated.
So, can you “Change the world”? Most definitely. You can
either “Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou
make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with
pitch.” —Genesis 6:14, or start
with some acts of random kindness. If you need some
inspiration, go see Evan Almighty.
Review By Cine Marcos
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