Bruce Almighty (7)
Copyright © 2003 by Tony Medley
I’ve never been a big fan of Jim
Carrey, who seemed to me to be constantly overacting as an over-the-top, neo
Jerry Lewis nincompoop, so I entered this with trepidation. Bruce Nolan (Carrey) is a TV reporter assigned to frivolous
stories who feels he’s maltreated. When
he’s passed over for the anchor job he so fervently desires, he blames and
maligns God. God hears him and
gives Bruce His power for three weeks.
This changes his life and messes up his relationship with his
long-suffering girl friend, Grace Connelly (Jennifer Anniston).
Almighty sounded silly and looked silly in the trailer, but turns out to be
much better than anticipated. Despite
a few lapses into his old slap-shtick character, Carrey gives a good
performance. The person who
really impressed me, however, was Anniston.
A full-fledged star as a result of her being a part of the ensemble
cast of a number 1-ranked sitcom, instead of resting on her laurels and
demanding above-the-title star status, she contributes another professional
outing in what’s little more than a supporting role, indicating she’s a
serious actress and not just one of those jerks on Friends.
This woman is legit. Morgan Freeman is a worthy successor to George
Burns as God. Coming in at a
workable 94 minutes, this held my interest as I only looked at my watch
June 13, 2003