I am a Christian. I am also a political conservative. According to Mark Joseph’s terribly misguided article, I am a member of the Christian right-wingers who did not appreciate Hollywood trying to mix entertainment and religion in the tongue in cheek saga of Noah. I appreciate Hollywood trying to make a funny movie. I did not appreciate Steve Carell trying to carry a film. THAT…was the problem, not the blending of God and humor.
There are two men badly out of their element here. Steve Carell is a wonderful ensemble comedian. He works best in a niche role with goofy people around him a la, “The Forty-year old Virgin, “Anchorman,” and, “The Office.” Giving him the lead is like asking Tim Conway to be Rhett Butler. Both of these comedic actors are hilarious WITHIN THEIR REALM. Want more examples of funny men who could not carry a movie? How about John Belushi, Dana Carvey, Martin Short and ultimately, Chevy Chase. The sequel needed Jim Carrey. He was missing and so was star power. This film could have been about atheism and it would have tanked.
The other misplaced guy here is Mark Joseph who should stick to rock and roll books. As a movie critic, he stumbled badly in the dark and splattered his buttered popcorn everywhere. He goes on and on and ON about the failure of Hollywood to make a film applicable to faith. “Evan Almighty” is as much about the Christian faith as “Batman” was to baseball. The targeted audience here was NOT church goers, it was teenagers. As someone who is sympathetic to the red states, I already know that Hollywood is capable of making a spiritually blessed movie, as in, “Ben Hur,” “A Man for All Seasons,” and, “Chariots of Fire.” Mr. Joseph has too much time on his hands to roam aimlessly in the cinematic valley of faith when he should be in his office typing up some more musical scores instead of the airball he offers up for Fox News.
Maybe he needs to find a new job working for Steve Carell in the office, of course!
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