I have to be honest, as a child, I used to love films with Jim Carey, but after I hit 12, I hated them. I found them cheesy and predictable, so I’m sure you can understand why I was quite skeptical about watching Bruce Almighty. But it was well worth the risk.
This is very entertaining film that opens just as another Jim Carey type of movie, but turns into more than that. The film is funny, enthralling, but the light drama about self-discovery, faith and prayer is what stands out above all. The film was directed by veteran comedy filmmaker Tom Shadyac, who also directed Carey in Ace Ventura (a film which I hated immensely); Pet Detective and Liar, Liar. In addition to Carey, the whole cast is solid with Morgan Freeman as God and Jennifer Aniston as Bruce’s dedicated girlfriend.
Carey plays television reporter Bruce Nolan, who is always looking to make it to the big top as Buffalo, New York’s nightly anchorman. However, Bruce is always stuck with side stories that he enjoys doing, but wants more. He is continually supported by his sweet school teacher girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston), who just wants happiness. As the film opens, one bad thing after another happens to Bruce including losing his job, and he blames God for picking on him.
The next thing he knows is he is summoned and encounter by God (Morgan Freeman), who endows Bruce with all of his powers, since he believes he can do better. With the powers, Bruce walks on water, gets a flashy car, and makes his dog use the toilet among other things. However, when things get out of hand due to his self-indulging choices of his new powers, instead of helping others, he turns back to God for answers.
Bruce Almighty is a light comedy with the force of Jim Carrey that is better than what it first perceives to be.