2001. Directed by Ivan Reitman.
Evolution is a sci-fi comedy bender that takes great pains to stay true to form. There is no social commentary or political undertones. The story is on display, nothing more or nothing less.
A meteor crashes on Earth and community college professors Orlando Jones and David Duchovny investigate. Things spiral rapidly out of control as the aliens evolve, the government uses it's weight, and Julianne Moore develops a relationship with the lead.
The undeniable magic of this picture is in the script. It's smart, funny, and ironically poignant at times. David Diamond and company pull out all the stops and spare none to deliver 101 minutes of smart, brainless comedy that requires a brain to fully get, one of many paradoxes that make this film a hallmark of the comedy genre.
Filled with countless one liners and iconic scenes, Evolution is just plain fun and it is on that level that one should enjoy this cinematic farce.
Michael Chapman's cinematography pics up the luscious colors of the desert while simultaneously making the unnatural aliens seem at home in the comedic mix.
Orlando Jones claims the film's best scene, an "extraction" of breathtaking caliber that is an absolute pinnacle in perfect timing and blocking, while Julianne Moore displays a commitment to slapstick that should put other A team actresses on notice.
The supporting weight is bared by Ted Levine, Ty Burrell, Seann William Scott, and the always amazing Dan Akroyd.
What you end with is a blender of genre mashup and comedic expertise not easily replicated.
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