Giving Steve Carell a long-overdue leading role in a mainstream Hollywood comedy, Evan Almighty
is the sequel to the huge Jim Carrey hit Bruce Almighty
. And while Carrey isnt on the cast list this time round, director Tom Shadyac and Morgan Freeman are among the many returnees.
The focus of Evan Almighty switches to Carells Evan Baxter, last seen as a newsreader but now an elected official, who is chosen by God (Freeman) to build a new ark. And this ark needs, as youd expect, to hold two of each species on the planet. Naturally, all the people around Evan think hes gone mad, and this proves a healthy comedy mine thats well exploited.
Evan Almighty isnt without a few problems, though. The focus of the film isnt always tight enough on generating the laughs, and Carell is surprisingly under-used. Hes on form when the material allows him to shine, but its often (admittedly impressive) special effects that end up taking centre stage, an odd road to choose for a comedy.
That said, Evan Almighty is still an enjoyable family comedy, and its not without rewatch value. Its a fun little movie, and one that deserves extra credit for promoting Carell to top billing--that's a move long overdue. --Jon Foster
Comedy sequel to 'Bruce Almighty' brings another bout of divine intervention. When ex-newscaster Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) is elected to congress, he relocates his family to northern Virginia and prepares for the good life. But his new life is turned upside down when God (Morgan Freeman) tells him that a flood of biblical proportions is on the way, and that he has to build an ark, Noah style. At first sceptical, Evan gradually accepts his appointed task, drawing media attention with his rapidly changing appearance. With a colossal structure taking shape in the back yard, Evan's family don't know whether he's just having a mid-life crisis, or whether it truly is a case of sink or swim.