“Evan Almighty” is the sequel to Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston’s “Bruce Almighty.” Its cast includes Steve Carrell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, and Wanda Sykes. After being an anchorman on the first movie, Evan Baxter, played by Carrell, becomes elected as a congressman. He moves to Washington D.C. along with his family, including wife Joan Baxter (Graham) for something better and sacrificed the fact that they have to leave home. Struggling between family and work, the last thing Baxter needed to do was to build an ark as a command from God (Freeman) to prepare for a flood. It is easy to see the difficulties of Baxter are changing ways from God when he has to be in front of many other congressmen.
While Carrell provides comedic relief to the movie, it would not have been as funny at all without the help of Sykes, who plays as one of the congressman’s assistants. Sykes was perfect for the role of Rita and the movie would not have survived without her. Another problem is the fact that the scriptwriters chose to have Baxter as a congressmen campaigning that he will change the world. Cliché much?
As previously mentioned, it is unfortunate that a majority of the hilarious parts of “Evan Almighty” was already shown everywhere through commercials and trailers. Thankfully, I didn’t see too much of them before I went to see this movie. However, now that I see them in every other commercial break, I can definitely see why people can definitely get turned off after watching the movie. Is it really necessary to throw in so many jokes from “Evan Almighty” onto its commercials? I believe that is one of the main faults of what really brought the movie down.
Overall, “Bruce Almighty” had a better plot and funnier jokes. However, the sequel is not as bad. It was just not as good as I hoped it to be. Paying $10 for “Evan Almighty” is probably not worth it, but watching it during the daytime for a cheaper price might be.