Montage: Shadyac's message in Evan Almighty

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One objective of the director, Tom Shadyac and film crew of Even Almighty was to reduce the "footprint" left behind by the act of creating a movie. Crewmembers rode bicycles while on location. Materials used in constructing the sets were donated to Habitat for Humanity following production. According to Producer Michael Bostick, over 2000 trees were planted by the crew to offset the carbon impact of the entire venture. "I've been waking up to the idea that we may be really affecting this world we live in for the worse," said Tom Shadyac, "We sort of wanted to live the themes of the movie."So what are the themes of Evan Almighty? One obvious theme is our need for power and our tendency to abuse it. The failure of each of us to notice or care about how we impact those around us, our short-sighted and halfhearted efforts to create positive change in our world, and several other pop-culture themes can be found within the film.

The film overtly promotes acts of random kindness (ARK). Faith, the lack of faith in everyday life, the restoration of faith; all these themes run through this film. There is even an attempt to explain why God doesn't just give us all what we want.

The major theme of this film, environmental responsibility, could easily be lost among all these other messages. The onslaught of imagery and fast-paced montage action create a blur of fashionable mantras. Writer, Steve Oedekerk and Shadyac use several montages in this film. Perhaps this was an effort to reach the short attention span comedy audience, hoping that repetitive messaging might leave an indelible mark. This is not to suggest that the montages were light on meaning. Even though comedic, each montage added a unique set of images to the film...