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Movie Critique
ENG 225
February 18th, 2013

Film Critique
The movie Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman is considered a comedy, a drama and a fantasy movie in terms of genre but most prominently, a comedy. Bruce Almighty could be viewed several times and still be enjoyed. Bruce Almighty is a funny movie yet with the drama of a couple dealing with some issues is also explored. This movie is for everyone. The movie Bruce Almighty is directed by Tom Shadyac in 2003 and written by Steve Koren, Mark O’Keefe and Steve Oedekerk. (www.universalstudiosentertainment.com). The purpose of this paper is to deliver my own critique of the movie Bruce Almighty and present what I have learned throughout the course, Introduction to Film. The paper is going to analyze how the basic elements are organized to deliver certain implications. I will be using the formalist approach, including elements such as plot structure, mise en scène, camera techniques, editing and sound. The paper will include hidden meanings and messages the movie is infusing as well.

Bruce Almighty stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, Jennifer Aniston as Grace, (Bruce’s girlfriend) Steve Carell as Evan Baxter (Bruce’s co-worker) and Morgan Freeman is none other than God himself, always dressed in whimsical, head-to-toe white attire. The setting of this movie takes place in Buffalo, New York as Bruce Nolan is a local Eyewitness News TV reporter with dreams of being an anchorman rather than covering human interest stories around town. Bruce is up for consideration for the upcoming open position of anchorman, however, his co-worker Evan Baxter is also being considered for the position. Bruce is excited to do a live taping of 23rd anniversary of Niagra Falls' famous Maid of the Mist boat; he feels it is his big break and may put him in the position he desires. Unfortunately, just before the news team cuts to Bruce’s live coverage of the event, Evan Baxter is...