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John Michael Higgins
Animals On Set Two By Two
Animal Roundup Game
Steve Carell Unscripted
The Ark-itects Of Noah's Ark
And Much More!
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 96 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Evan Almighty is a comedy you for all ages that "you don't want to miss" (Kim Griffis, NBC-TV)! Everyone's favorite funnyman Steve Carell is at his hilarious best as junior congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish to "change the world" is heard by none other than God (Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman). When God appears with the perplexing request to build an ark, Evan is sure he is losing it. But soon mysterious deliveries of wood and tools are being dropped on his doorstep, animals of every shape and size are flocking to him two by two, and his self-absorbed life goes from overnight success to almighty mess! It's a great time for everyone!
I liked "Bruce Almighty" OK-for all its predictability and Jim Carrey-esqueness, it was still fun. Oddly enough, though it's a bit more predictable, and even though it does try to pack in a theme or two too many, I found myself in the minority that was more fond of the sequel, probably thanks mostly to Steve Carell.
Evan Baxter (Carell)-last seen as a newsman in "Bruce Almighty"-has moved on to become a congressman. As part of his new and improved position, Evan packs up his family and moves to the upscale Prestige Crest. Before he can settle in, though, his plans of success-and his own ideas of how he will "change the world"-are brought into question by God (Morgan Freeman). God's simple request? Build an ark. What follows is a tale old and new about faith, family, and a bunch of animals.
So I really enjoy Steve Carell, and Morgan Freeman pretty much classes up any joint. Those two things may have influenced my surprising fondness for this film. But really it is pretty funny-special props go out to Wanda Sykes and Jonah Hill who, though their roles aren't that large, provide several good laughs. I mean, this isn't much of a departure from its predecessor, but then again it is, with a little more of an attempt to be all socially conscious and stuff. Its real problems lie in its attempts to be too much-a family film, a comedy, a bit of spiritual lite message flick, and a movie with an environmental twist. There are good jokes in here, but it's more like a fun sitcom episode that goes on a little too long.
The Extras on the DVD are a lot like the film itself-nothing horrible, nothing spectacular, but fun enough in a pinch. There are about fifteen minutes worth of Deleted Scenes which are funny filler, and a two or so minute section of Outtakes. "The Ark-itects of Noah's Ark" celebrates the really cool idea that in such a CG-laden flick, people still managed to build a ginormous practical ark, while "Becoming Noah" shows just how much of a make-up process Carell went through to become the mega-hairy version of Evan. "Steve Carell Unscripted" is a short bit that is pretty much what it says it is. "Animals On Set Two by Two" details the art of working with animals and trainers, while the "Animal Roundup Game" is a cute little matching game. "The Almighty Green Set" and "It's Easy Being Green" are both looks at environmental issues and how they were met on the set. "Acts of Random Kindness" looks at some kind moments that cast members have experienced. Finally, "A Flood of Visual Effects" spotlights the flood work done by CG powerhouses ILM.
"Evan Almighty" is OK, with a few decent Special Features and some genuinely funny scenes. It's not the greatest, but it's not the worst, and it's entertaining enough to keep your interest, if for nothing else, just to see how it ends.