Anyway, Bruce is a little skeptical about having actually met God, but when God gives Bruce his powers and gives him a shot at playing God, he starts to believe a bit. But, to be perfectly honest, this is more of a family film than a comedy. On the more thoughtful level, the film tempts us to speculate about Carrey's own career - stuck in his 'comedy' typecasting he has largely failed to make an impression as a serious actor even after winning two Golden Globes. Morgan Freeman offers up plenty of wisdom in the role of God. His Capitol office is also fantastic, but there's a catch: he's tapped by the powerful Congressman Long to co-sponsor a bill to allow development in national parks.
Well, this movie is hardly sacred, but it also is not sacrilegious, at least not to any great extent. Most audiences can identify with his aggravation because most have been where Bruce has been. How would you handle disasters and riots? But as a plot, it works well. There is definitely some low-brow comedy in the film that doesn't really fit with the importance of the film's meaning or the quality of the delivery, such as the dog reading the newspaper on the toilet and the whole monkey scene, but it was definitely pretty nice to see Ace Ventura's friend Spike make a cameo appearance. Well, this movie is hardly sacred, but it also is not sacrilegious, at least not to any great extent. It's almost like seeing family again. At the end of the worst day of his life, Bruce angrily ridicules and rages against God and God responds.
I'm reminded of the episode of Michael Moore's brilliant The Awful Truth, when they had a man lay down on the sidewalk and pretend to be dead and see who would actually stop and make sure he was okay. Dean Semler's Cinematography is super. His most accomplished 'straight' role, the Man on the Moon, is less well known that his comedy romps - or The Truman Show on which the Academy heaped three nominations whilst bypassing Carrey. It can't be because of time, since the movie is only 101 minutes long. How would you handle the most awesome responsibility in the universe? Meanwhile, his constant excitement about his own life makes him more selfish, leaving his relationship on dangerous ground.
I think my favorite scene was when Carrey opened up the file cabinet thinking it could never hold his life history. Jennifer had her first taste. This drive is what is slowly driving his beautiful girlfriend Grace Jennifer Aniston away. The only provisions are that Bruce cannot tell anyone he is God and he cannot interfere with anyone's free will. Bruce is nearly 40 years old and all he has to show for it is a position as a news reporter of the sort that reports on such exciting news as the local bakery that's seeking to bake the world's biggest cookie. The step-by-step fashion in which we meet the challenges of being God is much better than clustering his problems together, and is able to hide itself fairly well. Obviously not please, Bruce shares his thoughts with the world through the television in a way which is comical and definitely worthy of getting him fired.
In that case, it wasn't too hard to predict that he was about to have a handful of angry hoodlums, but I like that the movie suggests that things like that shouldn't be ignored. Without him, the humour would turn flat, as humour is half execution. Asks, the 2003-classic 'Bruce Almighty'. He has fun with his powers while making sure the best things work out for him. Don't get me wrong, this is not a movie to would take your children to see to teach them religion. Since this is Hollywood, Bruce obviously eventually smartens up, learns his lesson, and starts using his powers for the good of the world.
Jennifer Aniston is great and, no matter what some may say, does not act like the only excuse for the third act. If you're not sure, watch the trailer. Now either you like Mr Carrey's humour or you don't. Right off the bat we find out that news anchor Evan Baxter has segued his career into one of political aspirations. Most of them were disappointed: this movie was received negatively by most critics and audiences alike. God appears in human form and, endowing Bruce with divine powers, challenges Bruce to take on the big job to see if he can do it any better.
Jim Carrey plays Bruce Nolan, a reporter who is down on his luck and feeling very unsuccessful with his life. The movie allows us to learn vicariously this way, which empowers the message even more. Sentiment comes in the form of Evan's neglect of his family; the audience will know exactly where this will be going, but fortunately the sentiment isn't as annoying as you might believe. Long grows impatient, Evan starts building, his family leaves him, reporters gather, and drought grips D. Some films have a certain feel to them, and this is amongst those films.
In the end he cries out for God to take it away and prays that His will be done, not Bruce's. One scene in particular, in a restaurant, was really touching and moving. Jim Carrey has unmistakably moved from the cheesy comedy of his past to become one of the most important comic actors working today. Despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Grace, Bruce remains unfulfilled. I'm reminded of the episode of Michael Moore's brilliant The Awful Truth, when they had a man lay down on the sidewalk and pretend to be dead and see who would actually stop and make sure he was okay. Not solely relying on his performers, he also implements several sight gags. If you compare Bruce Almighty with movies like Ace Ventura both of which I loved, by the way or a lot of what he did before he got into film, it's amazing how far he's come.
The sheer amounts of animals in this film are overwhelming and a treat to behold. If you're not sure, watch the trailer. The results were not very promising, so it's nice to see someone in the movies setting a good example. He becomes Bruce from scene A itself. Carrey, a reporter stuck in a rut covering 'lighter news' berates God when the whole of his life seems to be going to pot. The movie is not perfect theology, but for Hollywood, it is definitely a good attempt.