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Evan Almighty
(2007)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Mike Watts
Andrew Kinney
Kevin Kaska
Don Nemitz
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 19th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can forgive the temp-track following tendencies of John Debney and enjoy his massive religious overtones without analyzing their origins.

Avoid it... if Debney's more procedural scores, favoring predictability over creativity, don't provide enough entertainment on their own merits.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,351
WRITTEN 11/1/07
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Evan Almighty: (John Debney) Despite its immense budget for a comedy film, Bruce Almighty managed to return even more immense money in 2003. The stakes were higher for the 2007 sequel, Evan Almighty, with an even higher budget despite the absence of Jim Carrey in the title role. Expanded from a bit role in the first film into the lead, Steve Carell is approached by God (Morgan Freeman, once again) and told to become the biblical character of Noah and build a real-life Ark by a certain date. The gags in the film accompany supporting characters' reactions to Carell's antics and, without Carrey's obnoxious personality in the mix, Evan Almighty managed to take itself just a bit too seriously to be effective. The film only grossed $100 million, a substantial loss for Universal, and critics easily exposed many of the film's faults. Director Tom Shadyac and screenwriter Steve Oedekerk returned for the sequel, and their inability to decide whether Evan Almighty should receive serious consideration as a drama (to some extent) hurt the film in several ways, from the cheesy special effects to the conflicted underscore by John Debney. The composer's score for Bruce Almighty was a typical lightweight affair for Debney, overshadowed by the songs licensed for use in the film. It was the usual kind of fluff that Debney has provided for dumb comedies since the late 1990's, neither demanding nor trailblazing. For Evan Almighty, Debney was obviously caught in the same dilemma as Shadyac and Oedekerk regarding the level of serious intent for the film. It would turn into a temp-track re-write project for Debney, and given the two primary sources of inspiration to which he would make a musical nod, it's clear that the filmmakers were deliberately attempting to use the music to provide the film with a more straight-forward, dramatic tilt. The inevitably capable, but still transparent job that Debney did with those requests makes Evan Almighty, at the very least, a more interesting listening experience than its predecessor. But like Debney's score for Dreamer a few years before, if you're bothered by Debney's incorporation of the temp-track into a new score, then Evan Almighty will likely bother you to the same degree, if not more.

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195 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.01 Stars
***** 29 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 53 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 33 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:49
• 1. The Ark Theme (1:44)
• 2. Baxter's to Bed (1:23)
• 3. God's Theme (3:11)
• 4. Grooming Montage (1:01)
• 5. Genesis 6:14 (5:20)
• 6. Evan's Theme (2:03)
• 7. Evan Runs from Capitol (1:26)
• 8. God's Valley (2:02)
• 9. God Crane Arrives (1:06)
• 10. Congressional Animals (3:17)
• 11. I'm Noah (4:48)
• 12. Evan and God (2:19)
• 13. Hummer Ride (3:33)
• 14. Take It Down (4:02)
• 15. The Flood (6:56)
• 16. Acts of Random Kindness (4:47)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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