New review from The Movie Snob
Evan Almighty (B). I didn’t hear such great things about this movie, so I waited until it got to the dollar theater to see it. (Which, by the way, now costs $1.75.) I was pleasantly surprised, perhaps because my expectations were so low, or perhaps because Steve Carell (The Way Way Back) and Morgan Freeman (Batman Begins) lift the quality of any movie they appear in. It’s not really a comedy, even though there are some funny parts, but it’s more like a modern-day fairy tale. Carell plays Evan Baxter, a newly elected congressman who ran on the slogan “Change the World” and is naive enough to mean it. But his plans are derailed when God (Freeman) appears to him and directs him to build an ark. He resists, but God is not easily denied, especially since He can give you Old-Testament-prophet style hair and wardrobe any time He wants. The lovely Lauren Graham (Bad Santa) provides suffering and support as Baxter’s wife. I enjoyed it.