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Review of “Evan Almighty” (2007) PG 90min

April 22nd, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 8,492 Views

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2/5

A.k.a. “Bruce Almighty-2″, this is a sequel directed by same Tom Shadyac and starring Morgan Freeman as God and Steve Carell as TV anchorman-turned Congressman Evan Baxter.

The plot: Evan Baxter retires as Buffalo newscaster to become the Congressman for his state with the slogan “Change the World!”. Then magic begins to happen: The Almighty appears to Evan and gently commands him to build an Ark before a disastrous flood comes in, like Noah did in the Bible. The lumber and tools soon arrive at Evan’s Virgina new suburban house. Next day animals begin to arrive in pairs on his loan.

The good: I liked a little joke about the other Steve Carell’s movie (”The 40 Year Old Virgin Mary” movie being showed in the theater Evan drives by). Another cool plug was Jon Stewart’s Daily Show talking about Congressman Baxter building the Ark. 3rd reference was when the Ark stopped – just like in Speed-2. I liked John Goodman as menacing Congressman Long. Nice musical score by John Debney.

The bad: Wanda Sykes and Evan’s secretary was annoying. The way God appears to Evan was not in any way original from the old movie. “Ark Building for Dummies” was a dead giveaway. Worst of all, not funny. The animals were following Evan around like Dr. Dolittle. Steve Carell is usually funny, both on John Stewart’s show and in the movies as well, but it seemed like he struggled with the material of this movie. No wonder the movie flopped at the box office and won “The Worst Sequel” award.

The summary: It’s definitely a movie with a heart in the right place, and it delivers on the story, and it’s also a movie for the whole family and kids, but not funny at all. Consider buying flood insurance.

The cast: Evan Baxter – Steve Carell | God – Morgan Freeman | Joan Baxter – Lauren Graham | Dylan Baxter – Johnny Simmons | Jordan Baxter – Graham Phillips | Ryan Baxter – Jimmy Bennett | Congressman Long – John Goodman | Rita – Wanda Sykes | Marty – John Michael Higgins | Eugene – Jonah Hill

The credits: Director – Tom Shadyac | Writers – Steve Oedekerk (story and screenplay), Steve Oedekerk, Joel Cohen (The Simpsons and Garfield), Alec Sokolow | Producers – Tom Hanks, Jason Wilson, Jonathan Watson, Tom Shadyac, Dave Phillips… | Original Music – John Debney | Director of Photography – Ian Baker | Costume Design – Judy L. Ruskin

p.s. I had it on HD-DVD with DVD on the other side, and HD-DVD side wouldn’t play. Maybe it’s because the disk was unusually thin – I haven’t seen DVDs that thin before.

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Rated 2/5 on Apr 22 2008
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