Directed by Tom Shadyac
Starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman
Bruce (Jim Carrey) is troubled. He just can't get a break,
and he's angry. He blames God, claiming that he could do
a better job anytime. To Bruce's surprise God (Morgan Freeman)
gives Bruce his wish -- he receives all of God's powers
temporarily just to see if he can indeed do a better job.
There was once a time when Jim Carrey was funny. It wasn't
too long ago, if I remember correctly. His films were hardly
masterpieces, but they were at least entertaining, and his
zany performances usually provided most of the entertainment.
That time is long since passed, and Bruce Almighty is proof.
Jim Carrey is silly, wacky, and all over the place, as
usual. Only, he comes off as being annoying rather than
funny. Some of the lines he delivers, such as the "B-E-A-U
tiful " catch phrase are just horrendous.
Incidentally, there is much about this movie that is worth
seeing. The premise is wonderful and some of the jokes really
work, without any help from Carrey. In fact, the funniest
scene of the movie is delivered expertly by Steven Carell,
who plays a competing news anchor. In the second half of
the movie, as the story winds its way to the inevitable
(and predictable) conclusion, it seems that all the Carrey
has nothing left. He isn't funny, and he is hardly passable
playing the role seriously, so the movie suffers as a result.
Bruce Almighty would have been a good movie with anyone
but Jim Carrey.
I never thought I would ever say this, but Jim Carrey should
stick to drama.