Very enjoyable for the most part, but ultimately an uneven affair. After a strong first half, the film loses steam by trading much of its humor for attempted seriousness. Elements of a more serious nature have their place in a story of this kind, but the ones in Bruce Almighty are too conventional, too simple-minded, too sentimental, and too uninspired to work in the film’s favor.
The movie, directed by Tom Shadyac, contains many funny scenes and some hilarious ones, the most laugh-inducing and memorable of which is the scene in which the main character remote-controls a rival news anchor during a live broadcast. But there are also a couple of somewhat poignant moments as the film touches on what is truly important in life, the power that each and every one of us has to control our own lives, and the difference between “magic tricks” and genuine miracles.
The casting is spot on. Jim Carrey keeps his trademark antics relatively toned down, and he—and the movie—is all the better for it. Morgan Freeman gives a divine (pun intended) performance as God. Jennifer Aniston’s acting is quite good, although she has little to do here. The most notable cast member is arguably Steve Carell, who delivers an excellent performance as Evan Baxter.