I think it is safe to say that if we could switch places with God, most people would hop at that opportunity without a moment’s hesitation.
Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a news reporter, just waiting for his opportunity to become a news anchor. Unfortunately for him, through a series of events and grips, he finds himself face to face with God, played by Morgan Freeman. Even the harshest critic will approve of Freeman’s selection as the Almighty. There are only a handful of actors with enough clout in Hollywood to play God and Freeman is one of the few.
In an attempt to humour Bruce and end his constant complaining, God hands the keys to the kingdom over to him. After tailoring the world to meet his needs and wants, things begin to fall apart, and Bruce finds himself in quite the dilemma.
The comedy works so well on a variety of levels because we all have an opinion of God and his divine ways. We get to witness the pain and suffering of the position through someone else’s misfortunes. A lot of people will have various opinions of Bruce and all the things he does, but this is all for comedy, so we must take it with a grain of salt. God isn’t going to give everyone the winning lottery numbers or make your favourite sports franchise instant champions. However, you will see that multitasking is of the utmost importance. If you neglect it, thoughts and prayers will come back to haunt you.
Bruce Almighty could have worked with different leads, then again, it may not have been as successful. As mentioned in previous reviews of Carrey movies, his performances can be hit or miss. Bruce Almighty may be one of his best roles outside of his projects from the 1990s. His ability to carry the characters through is what makes his role so successful. His sharp tongue and sarcasm really aid the story. 7/10