Bruce Almighty Film Review

Topics: Evan Almighty, Bruce Almighty, Tom Shadyac Pages: 3 (1289 words) Published: June 11, 2012
‘You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.’ Annoyed with life and frustrated at work Bruce (Jim Carrey), a failed reporter, rages at the man literally upstairs. So much so that the supposed “God” (Morgan Freeman) offers him his heavenly powers, to see if he can do any better. According to director Tom Shadyac, it is simply a story of an imperfect man on a journey just like the rest of us. The desperate attempt of Bruce’s struggle to help anyone but himself with his newfound powers – only deprives him from his own miracles. Written by Steve Koren and published in 2003 by Spyglass Entertainment, the number one box office hit - Bruce Almighty reaches out to the audience as a very appealing, well thought-out comedy whilst also adding a few very important messages during the course of the screenplay in a very effective manner.

In the movie, there are some very strong religious themes and with Morgan Freeman playing the character of God. He is portrayed as a playful character that has a good sense of humour and this goes along with his omniscience and omnipotence. He believes in human beings and cheers them on when they do good things like stepping aside and letting others go first. This is clear when he tries to teach Bruce a lesson by letting himself have his powers, yet he still believes in him; “Bruce, you have a divine spark. You have a gift for bringing joy and laughter to the world. I know, I created you.”

"God" is the first word uttered on camera and the line tells us Bruce is beginning to doubt whether God cares about him; "God, why do you hate me?”. His faith is flailing - if it was ever authentic to begin with. We learn that Bruce is a kind-natured person and has a gift for making people laugh. After losing the open anchor spot to Evan Baxter (Steve Carrell), Bruce goes off the deep end and blames God for all that is wrong in his life. After being fired after an on-air outburst, Bruce helps a homeless man who is being harassed by a group of...
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