Friday, October 19, 2007

Evan Almighty

I love Steve Carell in The Office and he did not disappoint in Evan Almighty. The sequel to Bruce Almighty (in which Steve Carell also appeared as his character, TV newscaster Evan Baxter) may not have been as good as the first installment but it is definitely worth the trip to the rental store; probably not the theatre.

As for Steve Carell, Evan is not exactly a sweeping saga, but it did allow Carell to exhibit a little more range in performance than is required of his Office persona and it was fun to watch.

Evan was fairly funny, fairly well written, and the special effects were quite good. Too good in fact. I would say that just because you can do something with special effects, doesn't mean you should.

I am referring to the gathering of the animals, two by two, that occurs way too early in the story, well before the Ark was even close to being complete. While they did create opportunities for Carell to play off of them in and around the congressional office complex, a better and more dramatic approach would have been to have them either appear more more slowly or when the Ark was complete. I don't mean to nitpick, but if you watch the movie, I think you will find the middle of the film overdone, tiresome and annoying, and this is why.

Speaking of tiresome and annoying, when I saw Wanda Sykes, I thought she'd be the fly in the ointment. I'm not exactly a fan of the overused angry, vulgar, black woman routine but she was actually quite good and a useful addition to the cast.

Nonetheless, the movie seems to gather steam again and the ending is a tidal wave of special effects, pun intended. Don't miss the special features for that matter.

By no means is Evan a Christian message film but I took note of a line that I had never heard before and found to be a nice touch, as read by God, played again by Morgan Freeman:

If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives him patience, or does he give them the opportunity to be patient?

If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage or does he give him opportunity to be courageous?

If someone prayed family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

We watched Evan Almighty as a family and the kids loved it.

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