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Bruce Almighty (2003)

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Bruce Almighty (2003)


Jim Carrey
Jennifer Aniston

Directed by Tom Shadyac

What if you had the role of God, do you think you would have done a better job?

Bruce Almighty may not be a critic favorite, with a weak CGI, a not too perfect script and many loose ends but it is one funny movie. The wonderful chemistry, between Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston made them a beautiful on-screen couple trying to cope with the things life dishes out at you.
And my favorite line in the movie came from when Bruce was trying to stop Grace (Jennifer Aniston) from leaving him:
Bruce: You can’t leave me, I’m the Alpha baby, I’m the Omega lady.

Bruce Almighty is a slap stick comedy, something that Carrey fits just easily, the movie is funny and the ideas that the writers brought to the screen to show the height of selfishness in the heart of a man who had power, was something that I found to be true.

One of the ideas that can be said to have taken from Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), is when Bruce actually lassoed the moon, something George Bailey said he was willing to do for Mary, in the scene (in the movie it’s a wonderful life) where both walked home singing buffalo girl.

Directed by Tom Shadyac, whose first directorial film was also with Jim Carrey in the Ace Ventura series, which is the only movie that Jim Carrey did a part two of.

The movie revolves around Bruce (Jim Carrey) who complains about how God is not being fair to him, so one day he gets a visit from the Almighty God (Morgan Freeman), who gives Bruce his powers to do as he pleases.

But things turn from sweet to sour when Bruce learns a hard lesson, that being God is not just as easy as he thought.

Although highly criticized the movie has a huge cult following, (I included as I have seen this movie countless times) in the box office it made over 480 million dollars (its production cost was 81 million) in its theatrical run, no matter what the critics say you just want to see what Bruce did with God’s power.

A sequel Evan Almighty was done in 2007 with Jim Carrey refusing to reprise his role as he doesn’t like playing the same role twice, the movie did have Morgan Freeman reprise his role as God and this time the center character was Evan Baxter (Steve Carell), the antagonist of the first film. Evan Almighty was a financial blunder, not recouping its production cost in the box office. I have seen it and I can just advice that you just stay away from it.

Bruce Almighty is funny and fun, although not much of a family fun but you will like it.


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