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The Battle For Charles Darwin: behind-the-scenes documentary
11 featurettes delving into the life and theories of Charles Darwin
Top Customer Reviews
I am today ordering the blu-ray version, but this review is based upon the theatrical release which I happened to catch in New York City in February. I don't believe it was released generally in the US, which is a shame.
I can't recommend the movie (and book) highly enough!
If you have to watch only one, I would go for Darwin's Darkest Hour. The family drama is there, but the science is there too. Plus it maintains a cool scientist in the background, whereas the Creation Darwin has severe psychological problems.
The book Creation is based on seems to be more factual than the movie. Annie in fact died of a form of tuberculosis.
Creation does outline how far science leaped just then, but how backward medicine still was. Of course, the stimulus to research evolution and biology helped medcicine along as well, at least by 1900.
I have not reviewed Darkest Hour, but I give it 4 as well. Emma Darwin comes out more like the Dr Who sidekick girl in parts of the movie. So the acting was better in Creation, although the script is more fictionalized.
But I will say that the scenes of Darwin interacting with a zoo Orangutan are magical. Now that's something to marvel at.
Though laced with quotes from Darwin's magnum opus, the movie will not tell you much about science or the details of the theory of descent with modification by natural selection (Darwin himself never called it evolution), and though the story does not shrink from raising the many thorny emotional questions and tensions between evolution and faith, it wisely refrains from taking sides. Indeed, some might even object that it portrays the champions of faith, such as Darwin's devoted friend reverend John Innes, in a more sympathetic light than the champions of science, in particular Thomas Huxley's rather unkind cameo, which plays the only slightly sour note in the movie.
More than about the theory or the conflict, however, the story of the movie is a very human story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this movie. It taught me the personal side of Darwin's story. It was well acted. Of course, most of the dialog and sequences of events were conjecture but still... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Heidi Johnson
Good, not great, movie about Darwin. Well acted. Very authentic look to this movie.Published 5 months ago by Ann Kelley
I feel that this film does a superb job creatively capturing Darwin's world view, as well as illuminating the lives of both Charles and Emma Darwin and the influence of the death... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe
I hadn't known Charles Darwin had been so reluctant to publish his theories. Interesting for that alone.Published 8 months ago by Jane