Evan Almighty (2007)

Thursday, December 13, 2007
News Anchor Evan Baxter has just been elected to the US Congress on the platform "Change the World". He moves his family to a new, larger house, gets a new car and begins his new life in politics. Things really seem to be going his way - a powerful senior congressman gets him a plush new office, a prime spot on an influential committe, and asks him to add his name as a sponsor to a new bill he's proposing. Life is sweet for Baxter and his family.

Thankful for all their goodluck, Evan's wife Joan and their kids thank God in their prayers and she suggests Evan do the same. A bit of a skeptic, he eventually gets on his knees while everyone else is sleeping and awkwardly asks God for help to change the world as he promised. The next morning strange things start happening. His alarm, despite being set for seven in the morning, goes off at 6:14, his new congressional licence plates get delivered (GEN 614), and his assistant's new extension? Yup you guessed it...614.

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Wood and tools appear on his doorstep and animals of all kinds (always in pairs) start following him around. After God appears to him a few times, Evan realizes that he's been chosen for a special purpose and, with the help of his family and a few animals with opposable thumbs, begins building an ark. Sure the world thinks he's gone completely crazy but Evan's positive he's doing the right thing. Especially when he realizes exactly what the senior Congressman (played by John Goodman) is really up to and on the appointed day and time, the rains begin...

The ending is a bit cheesy and predictable as many Hollywood films tend to be but it's enjoyable. While not as funny as Carell's other work (ie: 40 Year Old Virgin), Evan Almighty a light hearted feel good comedy. Not one I'd recommend running out and buying, unless you're a BIG Steve Carell fan, but if you're looking for something to rent on a slow evening, give it a shot. Morgan Freeman as God was a great choice, and Carell's physical comedy is tops as always.

Captain Recommended.

Thanks to Byblos.com for the quote.


Sheamus the... said...

I really liked Bruce...couldnt stand this one...it sucks because I got a chance to work with ole Shadyack and he is one of my heroes.

* (asterisk) said...

Morgan is always good. Steve Carell I can take or leave, TBH.

Gardenia said...

This is an adorable movie - I loved the animals! Also love Morgan!

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