Wherein unreasonably free time is dedicated to proving Jonah Hill is funnier than you.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Evan Almighty

1) I will watch anything featuring Jonah Hill. _

2) At times Evan Almighty could pass for an interesting -- albeit disingenuous -- take on how prophets would be received in modern times (i.e. as lunatics).

3) The religious, anti-politician, and spectacle elements of the film seemed so anachronistic. Some grad student has written a thesis on the cultural significance of Morgan Freeman's G-d, though, so I won't bother.

4) Last week, one of my friends told me she finds happiness montages bittersweet, because they are inevitably followed by sadness. Evan Almighty has THREE montages, but only the latter two could be characterized as "happy." The first might be better described as slapstick-schadenfreude, where a character repeatedly harms himself but we laugh at him. Certainly there are also "sad" montages, where characters descend into cross-cut downward spirals. What is the rule there, I wonder?