‘Evan Almighty’ movie review: senseless sequel a real bomb

Near Pluto Nash-level megabomb cost a reported $175 million to make, none of which shows up on the screen.

Sequel to Bruce Almighty doubled the budget while replacing stars Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston with Steve Carell and Lauren Graham. What were they thinking?

Carell stars as Evan Baxter, former news anchor and newly elected congressman who is contacted by God (Morgan Freeman) and ordered to build an ark. Yeah, just like Noah; he even has to grow a beard and wear a ratty robe.

And nevermind that this politician could probably raise funds and hire contractors, no, he has to do out of pocket and with his own hands, for reasons never explained (there may not be much of a movie otherwise, but it would invariably be better than what we´re left with).

Nobody believes him, of course, and we´re treated to endless scenes of how this ark-building is ruining his career and destroying his marriage (is this a comedy?); but soon the pairs of animals show up, and hey, you think the floods might come in some glorious climax that would justify the rest of the film?

Prepare to be utterly disappointed.

Senseless script manages to be entirely unfunny and occasionally offensive with its obvious religious pandering and over-the-top Christian themes.

Carell is likable (and thinner than ever before) but, like the movie that surrounds him, devoid of humor; he never gets to do his thing here, like Jim Carrey in the previous film. What a waste.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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