Both excited and anxious about this film, I attended a showing. Excited, because Steve Carell is a very funny man and because I particularly enjoy films with a supernatural bent. Anxious, because, well, as an author myself, I'd previously written a novel in a similar vein. It's a strange feeling to experience a creative work that floats in the same waters as one of your own.
One other factor came into play. I'd missed the press screening because of a Father's Day trip out of LA. This gave me the chance to glance at the ratings of other reviewers. I was surprised that so many of them were unimpressed with this film.
Before heading back to LA, I treated Mom and Pops (and my seven-year-old niece) to this movie. I'm pleased to say we all had a great time. My niece loved the animals, Dad enjoyed the supernatural, Mom chuckled and I guffawed.
“Evan Almighty” is a fine movie. It's based on a brilliant idea -- although, I may be biased -- I came up with it, too. Secondly, it's got a good pace. Thirdly, it richly mixes funny, supernatural, and heart. That's entertainment -- a film the whole family can enjoy, as evidenced by my happy clan of four ranging in age from seven to sixty-seven.
If you, likewise, enjoyed this film, and my review has made you curious about my "modern-day-Noah" novel -- by all means, let me know. I'll extend my Father's Day special to you -- when you buy a copy -- I’ll not only sign it, but give you a second signed copy Free. (Just let me know that you’re interested by using the box below or at Ross Anthony.com/books -- and I'll send you the coupon code. PS: Unlike Evan, My book is more of a drama, less of a comedy and for more mature audiences. This offer is good through 2008.)