Evan Almighty full movie review - It's not horrible, it's just skippable.
As a movie critic, I only give movies 1/5 Stars, 2/5 Stars, 3/5 Stars, 4/5 Stars, or 5/5 Stars (I capitalize "Stars" to distinguish my reviews from other critics' reviews). I hate that 3.5 or 4.25 stars thing some critics use.
For me, 1/5 and 2/5 Stars means the movie's not recommended, and 3/5, 4/5, and 5/5 Stars means the movie is recommended.
But if I did use decimals, "Evan Almighty" would be about a 2.7 or 2.8 out of 5. It's close to being recommended, but not quite.
However, because of my scale, "Evan Almighty" gets 2/5 (4/10) Stars. But it's close to 3/5 (6/10).
"Evan Almighty" is about Evan Baxter (Steve Carell), who had a minor role as the rival anchorman to Jim Carrey's Bruce Nolan in this movie's predecessor "Bruce Almighty." Now he's a congressman, and he and his family move to suburban northern Virginia. Evan wants to change the world for the better, but he doesn't know how. So one night, he prays to God hoping that God will help him look for the answer on how to change the world.
However, Evan gets God's answer back in the most unexpected way. God (played again by Morgan Freeman) meets Evan face-to-face, and he tells Evan that "a flood is coming" and to build an "ark." Evan thinks this man isn't God, but crazy. So he continues along with his day as a new congressman. But strange things start to happen.
Animals start to follow Evan around, he suddenly becomes the owner of eight vacant lots, and truckloads of wood planks are sent to his house. Now starting to figure out that the man claiming to be God was really telling the truth, he meets up with God again, and agrees to start up work on the ark, with the help of his three sons.
But the making of the ark soon gets in the way of Evan's normal life. He looses his job, his wife (Lauren Graham) think's he's crazy and takes the boys with her to live with her mother, and Evan now has a long, white beard and ancient-looking clothing - just like Noah of the Bible. Also, he has the whole country making fun of him over his crazy situation.
What's a poor Evan Baxter (and a bunch of animals he must take aboard the ark) to do?
Okay, now the good things about this movie are that it has a couple moments that'll make you at least giggle, it has some good life lessons, and has a wonderful ending that almost made me recommend it.
However, there's a little bit more bad than good.
The beginning is very boring. Also, the whole movie leads up to a scene where Evan and a bunch of other people and animals epically riding over the flood... that lasts less than five minutes long. Maybe if they took twenty minutes off of the overly long "Transformers" and converted them to the ark-riding scene from "Evan Almighty," it would've made the final payoff of watching the first ninety minutes of "Evan" more enjoyable. Also, for a comedy, it's not nearly as funny as "Bruce Almighty," though "Bruce" is PG-13 and "Evan" is PG. But still, I only chuckled. There are no real big laughs.
Despite giving it a bad review, I feel kind of bad for "Evan Almighty." It's been universally panned, but it really isn't horrible. It's just that there are better options for kids and better options for adults.
Maybe it was just bad timing of releasing. The next two movies I saw in theaters after "Evan" were "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Ratatouille," and those two movies (yes, I know "Die Hard" isn't for kids, but still) were a lot better than this one.
But all in all, "Evan Almighty" is just your average family film at best. If you are truly bored and need something to do, then you may want to consider seeing this. Or if you need a movie to show at Bible School or something, then this is your movie. Other than that, like I said, "Evan Almighty" is just skippable.
Bpnix12 rating: 2/5 Stars (4/10) and not recommended. But barely - this and "The Last Mimzy" are probably the two movies this year I didn't recommend that you'd be least disappointed in.