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Creation is a strange film to review. It isn't that great which can be inferred by the fact that it was barely noticeable critically or at the box office but it's a nice portrayal of Charles Darwin by Paul Bettany, encompassing his private life with his wife during the time he was working on "On the origin of species. The film is a good look for anyone interested in the famed English naturalist, but it isn't genre defining. Worth a peak for the performances by Bettany and Connelly (who were actually married then) playing Charles and Emma Darwin.
Paul Bettany's performance in "Creation" is bizarre to say the least. He plays a delusional cryptic, that is especially fond of apes and monkeys. And oh yeah, I almost forgot, he's the best part of the whole film.
Based on "Annie's Box," -- a biography penned by Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson Randal Keynes, using personal letters and diaries of the Darwin family-- "Creation" takes a unique and inside look at Darwin, his family and his love for his deeply religious wife, Torn between faith and science, Darwin struggles to finish his legendary book "On the Origin of Species," which goes on to become the foundation for evolutionary biology.
A solid cast in a biography of one of the most important figures in history is an intriguing proposition but here the opportunity is largely wasted. The story focuses on lesser aspects of Darwin's life, relies far too heavily on visions to forward the narrative and so the result is all a bit dull.
I love this side of the story! With great acting too.
Really fell for this one. 'Enjoyed' is inappropriate for a film which is a study of grief and features the death of a child at its centre. It's beautifully done, with many British stalwarts among the cast. Despite a narrative that jumps back and forth in time, it's very comprehensible and moving.
A strong and sad portrayal of an almost all consuming grief, played very well though perhaps a little overly reliant on the idea of waking and non-waking dream sequences. It is not though grief or even personal conflict that mark out Darwin and it is this story that is not told here, the story of ideas and experiences that shed light on how todays understanding came into their foundations
Enjoyable but strange. Portrays well the challenges of finding humanity in the dogmatic science or dogmatic faith.
It is a partially wasted opportunity to highlight Darwin's life and work. There are hints of the film that it could be, which multiplies the sadness of this viewer. At the end it fails to move beyond being a moving family drama with some excellent performance and cinematography and fails to highlight the uproar caused by Darwin's seminal work.
It was interesting for me to learn more about Darwin's personal life, but that was the only thing I liked about this movie...