(Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, John Goodman, et al / DVD / PG / 2007 / Universal Studios)
Overview: 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell reprises his role as preening newscaster Evan Baxter in this heavenly sequel to the 2003 Jim Carrey comedy hit. Shortly after television anchorman-turned-U.S. congressman Evan Baxter (Carell) relocates his family from Buffalo to Northern Virginia, God (Morgan Freeman) reveals to him that a devastating flood is coming and the planet is about to be cleansed once again. Later, when Baxter accepts the responsibility of building a great ark and his rapidly changing physical appearance begins to draw media attention, his skeptical family attempts to discern if his actions are driven by delusion or divine intervention.
DVD Verdict: I would like to say that Steve Carell is one the funniest men in America ever to hit the silver screen. So, when hearing about a sequel to a Jim Carrey movie for his own, I was very impressed with a movie like "Evan Almighty." But whatever the whether, I didn't think it could be appealing to critics, because unfortunately, there is no Jim Carrey in it.
I have to say that "Bruce Almighty" is my favorite comedy with Jim Carrey. Now, we're 4 years away from the year 2003, when it was released, and now, instead of Jim Carrey being the star, we got Steve Carrell instead. It's because Jim Carrey doesn't like doing the same roles twice, but he should give it a shot, though. I bet it wouldn't be that bad.
"Evan Almighty" opens up with Evan Baxter (Steve Carrell) alongside with his partner, Susan Ortega on the news hereby congratulating Evan Baxter for being Congressmen of Washington D.C. He was done being a newsman in Buffalo, NY and went from newsman to Congressman. In the second shot, we are seen with Evan, his wife, Joan (Lauren Graham) and his 3 kids, Dylan, Jordan and Ryan (Johnny Simmons, Graham Phillips and Jimmy Bennett).
On the first night when the whole family are in Washington D.C, after Evan hears that his 3 kids prayed to God, Evan prays to God by himself. But as soon God (Morgan Freeman) appears under his skin, instead of giving Evan almighty powers, like he gave Bruce in the first film, he tells Evan Baxter to build an ark, because a flood is coming. (The good message to this movie is that everyone should do an act of random kindness. And that's a good thing, and that's what Evan Baxter learns on in this story.)
God is right that there's a flood. It's a flood of a corney, unrealistic plot and quirky characters. Well, at least the kids shake up a bit as Evan's sons. However, they are one of the best parts in acting for this movie. Steve Carrell does shine again as Evan Baxter only in his own movie. But keep in mind, this is not Bruce Nolan's movie. In fact, he doesn't have anything to do in this movie.
But however one piece of acting that is totally not new is Morgan Freeman as God. And yet, Morgan Freeman is a very good actor. He does shine a little as God. He's a good part of the movie industry.
However, I couldn't manage to get through most of the corney dialogue throughout the movie. It's totally unpredictable and unbelievable to me. How could you just manage one corney dialogue, two corney pieces of dialogue at the same time. Could director Tom Shadyac every take his down-town directing and give the actors their down-town acting for one chance?
Overall, should I manage to look at a movie like Steve Carrell's "Evan Almighty?" For the most part, sorta, but maybe. "Evan Almighty" tries and tries to be like "Bruce Almighty," but it ultimately fails. Apparently, I'm sure the Almighty series should be done now. Too bad that Jim Carrey doesn't want to do too many sequels of the same character. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Animals On Set Two By Two
Animal Round Up Game
Steve Carell Unscripted
The Ark-Itects of Noah's Ark
Much, Much More!