Movie #320 Bruce Almighty
(2003, US, d. Tom Shadyac)
One of the rare recent Carrey comedies that manages to feel legitimate in its quest for comedy as well as meaning, Bruce Almighty is hilarious, and though at times a tad formulaic and contrived, full of new meaning. The first good thing this movie has going for it is the fact that it’s original. It’s stays out of the times, but still has a universally interesting plot: What if someone were given the power to be God for a few days? And even better, what if God were Morgan Freeman? In all seriousness though, director Tom Shadyac just knows what to do with the film. Inserting the right amount of religion, heart, and moral, an outrageous and ridiculous comedy is suddenly able to bloom into something more: a true film. And that’s something worth a lot of praise. Now add on that the crazy, never-get-old- antics of Jim Carrey and even the (then newcomer) Steve Carrell and you get a seriously funny film. It shows all the right things, answers all the right fundamental questions, and even tonally manage to make sense of it all. The only problem is knowing there’s a sequel. Yeah, I’d stay away from that one.