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Evan Almighty
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Oct 16, 2007 By: Quigles
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Director:
Tom Shadyac

Actors:
Steve Carell
Morgan Freeman
Lauren Graham

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
God instructs up-and-coming congressman Evan Baxter that in order to prepare for a flood, he must build an ark. Thoust said it shall be done, and so it was done; but not without plenty of wackiness tagged on for good measure.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
After SON OF THE MASK and DUMB AND DUMBERER, you'd think actors would realize that sequels to Jim Carrey films are doomed for failure. EVAN ALMIGHTY is the lesser of these evils, but I still mourn for Steve Carell (one of today's funniest comic actors, and star of the best show on television, "The Office") stooping to such a disappointing low. His character, demonstrating no discernable traits from the Evan Baxter in BRUCE ALMIGHTY (which had he done so, might've made for a much funnier film), does well to highlight Carell's ability to cry out in exasperation. The problem is that's all his character does. For 90 minutes.

Maybe I'm exaggerating. He also falls down a lot, hits his thumb with a hammer repeatedly, and gets pooped on by birds. Truly, comedy at its finest. The only time I actually found myself laughing out loud was during the introduction of Jonah Hill (SUPERBAD) as a stalker-ish member of Evan's team, the joke behind which gets overplayed far too often, much like every other joke in the film. None of the humor is handled in a way that's particularly awful, but it sure isn't handled in a way that's funny. I mostly sat blank-faced through the entire picture, my attention carried only by Carell's enthusiastic presence and the occasional amusing gag. When the film took a turn from ho-hum family comedy to what-the-f*ck needlessly preachy family drama/thriller in the last act, that's when it really lost me.

Truth be told, EVAN ALMIGHTY was a flawed project to begin with. The budget needed to create something so obviously large in spectacle ($200 million? are you kidding me?) just doesn't make sense for a film as middling as this. More importantly, the premise is a huge step down from BRUCE ALMIGHTY's. In the latter, Bruce is given free reign over the powers of God. In the former, Evan is forced by God to build a boat. Which of those two sounds more appealing? Nobody wants to see a guy harassed and humiliated by God until he finally caves in and gets working on a large structure made of wood. There's nothing fun about that. It's because of this that the film's comedy, rather than flowing naturally, feels thrust upon the story, hoping desperately (nay, praying) to overcome the unpleasantries that come with it. Sadly, it doesn't work.
THE EXTRAS
Not unlike the film itself, these special features mark a huge case of quantity over quality.

Almost all of the special features are pointlessly preceded by Steve Carell introductions.

Deleted Scenes (14:49): Nothing of interest here. Just a collection of segments that had good reason to be cut.

Outtakes (2:40): The standard line flubs and goofs, except not funny.

The Ark-itects of Noah's Ark (6:50): Standard EPK fluff about building the ark.

Becoming Noah (6:20): Standard EPK fluff about Carell's physical transformation into "Noah".

Steve Carell Unscripted (3:12): A few minutes of Carell goofing around on set.

Animals on Set Two by Two (12:38): Standard EPK fluff about working with the animals.

Animal Round-Up Game: A trivia and match-up game for kids.

The Almighty Green Set (5:22): Standard EPK fluff with the cast/crew sucking each other off for being so environmentally aware during the film's production.

It's Easy Being Green (4:36): Random facts about being environmentally aware, and how healthy it can be for you.

Acts of Random Kindness (1:46): The cast/crew discuss the random acts of kindness they think are worthwhile.

A Flood of Visual Effects (7:04): Standard EPK fluff about the film's CGI.

Casting Call: Serengeti (2:51): The casting director auditions animals in this tongue-in-cheek featurette.

The Almighty Forest (6:00): A list of names of the people who participated in some environmental awareness website dealio. In other words, it's useless to those whose names aren't on it.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Those capable of extracting great pleasure from seeing Steve Carell yelling loudly in a variety of different ways (frightened, embarrassed, frustrated, etc.) for an entire movie will feel right at home with EVAN ALMIGHTY, but the rest of us have been left out to dry. Or rather, drown.
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