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4.0 out of 5 stars "I am Bruce Almighty. My will be done.", 15 Jan 2009
This review is from: Bruce Almighty [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Bruce Almighty is a comedy that was released in 2003 and was directed by Tom Shadyac. The cast comprises of Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall, and Jennifer Aniston.

Local TV reporter Bruce Nolan (Carrey) is having a rough time. Nothing seems to be going right for him, and after the worst day of his life, he becomes outraged and starts to blame God for ruining his life. He even stands in the middle of the road and shouts "Smite me oh mighty smighter." Shortly after this, he finds himself face to face with his creator (Freeman), who hasn't liked all of Bruce's complaining, so decides to endow Bruce with all of his powers for one week, to see if Bruce can do a better job than him. Bruce initially doesn't believe it and simply thinks that the man he saw was insane, but soon comes to release that's it true, and sets about to have some fun. But when things start to get serious he is unprepared, and this leads to some strange but funny situations.

The plot to Bruce Almighty is simple, but fun and entertaining. The film is very comical in places, and it's easy to watch. It's also quite sad at times, and has a deeper meaning about the value of life, and how the world does not evolve around one person. We've all had bad days, so I think there is something we can all relate to in the film.

Two of my favourite scenes that come to mind are when some thugs (who had earlier beaten up Bruce) get their comeuppance. And when Bruce sabotages Evan's (a rival reporter) performance on air.

The characters in the film are great, very believable and easy to identify with. The acting from the main cast is fantastic. Jim Carrey as allows is in good form and Morgan Freeman seems really suited to play the somewhat serious role of God.

There are some decent special features included on the DVD, most noticeably outtakes and delete scenes, which are worth a watch.

The beginning of the film is a bit slow, but things seriously pick up once Bruce becomes Almighty. It's not the most serious of films and as long as you don't engage your brain too much, then you can enjoy Bruce Almighty.

I've you not a fan of Jim Carrey, then I do suggest you avoid this film, other than that give Bruce Almighty a watch.
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