"if you wanna make the world a better place,
take a look at yourself and make the change."
how many can forget this iconic message from michael jackson's 1987 hit single, the impact of which was further emphasised by images of starving children in the accompanying music video?
it was this song that came to mind as i watched evan almighty last nite with the daughter.
after all, evan baxter was elected to congress on the premise that he would change the world. despite the mediocre reviews this movie got, from "almighty dud" (read here) to "mildly amusing" (read here) or even "poor" and "lousy"(read here), i felt there were far more important lessons to be learned than merely looking out for entertainment value.
somewhere during the movie, i thought i actually grasp the essence of the director's objective (other than the misguided wish to emulate the success of bruce almighty, fronted by the inimitable jim carrey), specifically the part where God explained to evan's wife, that he wished for man to work side-by-side with each other, to face & overcome world problems - in this movie, it's the destruction of the environment by greedy politicians. hence, the portrayal of paired animals marching up the ark. he hit the nail on the head when he teasingly asked how we can make the world better? simply starting with Acts of Random Kindness. whoa...!
i'm almost completely sold by the movie for its sunday-school-like intent, except that i still think "man in the mirror" should have been included in the original soundtrack. imagine playing those lyrics when evan was looking into the mirror as he tried to shave off the newly-grown beard. fu-yoh!!
oh, BTW, no props (planks, window panes, roof tiles, etc) were wasted at the conclusion of shooting as they were auction off to DIYs & hardware stores, with proceeds contributed to the conservation of natural resources, in line with the discourse of the movie. & the ark could soon be found at a theme park near you.
PS. i wonder if saving lives comes within the purview of ARK. hmm....