Evan Almighty Reviews
First of all, if you like Steve Carrell in "Get Smart" or "The Office" you will hate this movie. He is not at all funny, using an over the top comedic style that doesn't fit him at all and makes him look incredibly not funny. Seriously, there is not a single funny joke in this entire movie.
This movie is also filled with so many uneeded and unnecessary scenes it makes "Twilight" look like "Underworld". In goof movies, scenes seem to flow together, and most of them are very important to the ending and the story. In here, they just have random scene after random scene after random scene. "Evan is attacked by animals sent from God". Great, let;s get back to the story. "Evan is late for work". Great let's get back to the story. "Evan grows a beard". Great, let's get back to the story. See what I mean?
"Evan Almighty" also completely underuses Morgan Freeman as "God". In the 1st movie, God was one of the most important characters. He helps Evan to learn the lesson of the responsibility of power and control. In "Evan Almighty", he's just here to bully and berate Evan into doing what he wants, and to add comic relief.
Also, this movie completely incorrectly portrays God. In real life, God would try to quietly influence humans into doing his acts. Here, he makes people don his bidding by sending animals to attack them, stalking them, and driving them half insane.
The script in this movie looks like it was written by the animals from the ark. It's dull, uncreative and dumb and had the movie not had actors like Morgan Freeman and John Goodman, the script would be even worse.
Over all, this is a dull, unfunny proposed comedy that was made with shockingly little effort, love or care. It makes Steve Carrell, Morgan Freeman, Jonah Hill and John Goodman look bad.
Now that we have established that it is crap, we can settle down and appreciate it. When compared to similar lower end movies, this actually isn't too bad. It's lighthearted and fun, and it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a great family flick with some reassuring lessons.
Steve Carrell is funny... and you can't really blame him. In 2007 he was in the great film Little Miss Sunshine, so it's ok to go out and get a big paycheck in the same year for this fluffy piece of crap.
My only big complaint I would like to rant about is the casting. Lauren Graham is beautiful... but she looks about 28-30. Yet in this movie she was cast as a mother of 3 with the oldest being approx. 16y/o??? John Goodman as a senator??? Wanda Sykes and Jonah Hill in politics??? It's like I said earlier: at least they didn't take themselves too seriously.
This is not a movie I will ever watch again or recommend, but if you like animals or have kids and are looking for something fun to watch... give this a shot. It held my attention all the way to the cheesy end.