Evan Almighty (Film)

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Director: Tom Shadyac
Cast: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Wanda Sykes, Lauren Graham, Jimmy Bennett, John Goodman, Steve Oedekerk, John Michael Higgins, Molly Shannon, Jonah Hill, Ed Helms
RunTime: 95 mins
Genre: Family Comedy
Rating: PG

Genesis 6:14 “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.”

The story of Noah’s Ark should be familiar to many young children attending bible school, where Noah built an ark to save his family and pairs of every animal to survive the great flood under God’s command.

A sequel to Jim Carrey’s hit Bruce Almighty, the premises of Evan Almighty is based on this biblical story. 40-year-old virgin Steve Carell plays Evan Baxter, a newly elected congress man who prays for a better family life and a mission to change the word. God appears in the shape of Morgan Freeman and told him to build an ark which was the ridicule of many.

With the same old story in a modern day setting, this movie would thrill little children with the animals and visual effects, probably attracting those who like Night at the Museum and Jumanji as well.

Steve Carell is less dumb and dumber than Jim Carey, and with the right kind of comic timing and humour, he was probably the only human in the movie who single-handedly saved it. Definitely your next best comedian to look out for. Wanda Skyes provides the one-liners, but unfortunately they are only just ‘straight in your face’ one-liners.

Do not watch it with an adult’s mindset, and you may just enjoy this like an entertaining trip to the zoo. Unfortunately, unlike Noah’s ark, this most expensive comedy (US$200 million) in history drowned under disapproval of the critics and poor box office takings. This ‘paper-thin alleged comedy’ could only pray that it is not bitten by that blue rat in Singapore’s box office.

Evan Almighty – Thin family entertainment (Watch with a child's mindset!)

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