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If there was a clamour for a sequel to Jim Carrey’s 2003 vanity project, Bruce Almighty, then I’m ashamed to say I missed it. Those that still believe in that movie, though the evidence for its existence looks increasingly threadbare as the years pass, will remember the blood curdling scene in which God, played by Morgan Freeman, told Carrey that making people laugh was his gift to the world.
Subsequent to release, the World Cinema Court (Wcc) in Paris formally classified that scene as a film crime. Nevertheless, despite the original film’s cloying sentimentality, broad humour and gurning, in what may have been director Tom Shadyac’s conscious embracing of the gestural acting that characterised the silent era, four years later there was, gifted unto us, a sequel.
Universal will release Evan Almighty as a back catalogue Blu-ray release tomorrow and here is our review;
Perhaps, reasoned the moneymen, »
- Ed Whitfield
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a film about a charismatic, prodigal figure embarking on a long perilous journey to deliver precious and unlawful cargo, while pursued by an evil force bent on our hero’s destruction hit cinemas and wowed audiences, taking a huge amount of money and consequently opening the door to an extended franchise. That film wasn’t Star Wars.
I am of course talking about the second highest grossing film of 1977- Smokey & The Bandit, and not that other film that launched that other behemoth of a franchise.
Now more than thirty years have passed since its original release, but Smokey and the Bandit retains its ineffable charm, largely thanks to its cast. Burt Reynolds reminds us why he was such a big star in the ’70s, Jackie Gleason is on iconic form and Sally Field who plays it flirtatious and sexy, »
- Simon Gallagher
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