|By Zach Patterson||Monday, 9 Jul 2007|
I know. You probably don’t want to read this review anymore than I want to write it. I could probably leave it at that and people could draw their own conclusions, but I’ll elaborate a bit.
Evan Almighty isn’t very good.
I’m sure this comes as the shock of the century to most people, that a spinoff of Bruce Almighty based on a minor one-dimensional character from the first movie doesn’t really make for a great sequel. But it’s true. But hey, it’s Steve Carell, he can make it work right? Unfortunately, he isn’t given much to work with. The script to this movie is very poor. It’s a comedy…but where are the jokes? The setup is funny enough. Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) has God (Morgan Freeman) command him to build an ark. Being newly elected to government office, and for the most part being a straight-lace, by the books kind of guy, Evan thinks he’s imagining all this and continues to try to live his life. Unfortunately, he’s unable to, and slowly he realizes he’s a modern day Noah, and he, his family, his career, and the public all have to come to terms with it. So that’s the setup. This leads to Evan’s hair growing long and shaggy, wearing tattered robes, and having animals follow him everywhere. As expected it cuuuhh-rrraaaaazzzy for all his family and coworkers and he quickly finds himself alone in his quest to build an ark.
But enough about that. Seriously, where was the humor in this movie? Was I supposed to laugh at the birds crapping on people a dozen times or the alpacas spitting? Maybe the monkey pretending to do human work? Wanda Sykes “witty” one-liners? Evan getting embarrassed at work? Townspeople laughing at him for building an ark? Ugh. This movie is as predictable as you can imagine it would be. It’s a movie that you could see the trailer for and never have to watch it. I could go on and on about how forced and terrible some of the dialogue is, how Morgan Freeman is wasted, how the movie deals with ecological and religious issues but never really makes a thought provoking point, how Lauren Graham’s relationship with Steven Carell is the most loveless on-screen marriage I’ve seen in years…etc. But come on. I’m sure you get it by now. There’s a few decent small scenes in the movie that might get a laugh, but even Steve Carell fans probably won’t be particularly pleased with this movie.