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Creation 2009

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4.1 out of 5 stars (93) IMDb 6.7/10

A fascinating look at the life of Charles Darwin and his struggle to uphold his scientific theory amidst a society seated in religion.

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Paul Bettany, Ian Kelly
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1 hour, 48 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Jon Amiel
Starring Paul Bettany, Ian Kelly
Supporting actors Guy Henry, Martha West, Anabolena Rodriguez, Paul Campbell, Zak Davies, Teresa Churcher, Jennifer Connelly, Freya Parks, Jim Carter, Christopher Dunkin, Gene Goodman, Harrison Sansostri, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Ellie Haddington, Jeremy Northam, Richard Ridings, Ian Mercer
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I have a standing rule not to pay more than $23 for any Blu-ray movie (no need to encourage Hollywood marketeers). That said, I broke that rule for this movie after hearing an interview with the writer and producer on NPR (National Public Radio) then discovered that this disc was worth every penny. One thing you will come away with is the fact that there were many similarities between life in 1859 and today. For example, people of both times were split between theism, deism, and atheism. (Contrary to popular belief, Darwin was somewhere between deist and theist). So does "Darwin's Theory do away with God" as Huxley said, or does it "replace the Genesis story with something more pragmatic"? I prefer to believe that later but you should make up your own mind.
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I own both of these movies and I now like both. I did not initially like Creation for all the drama. But it does focus on the family events and the ethical issues...has he killed God?....quite well.

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.
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Of the many fine books, movies, video productions and museum displays produced last year, this one certainly takes the cake. Magnificent production and direction as well as "A-list" acting make this a total delight. And let's not forget the book that it is based on: written by a great, great, grandson of the Darwins with access to private, family materials. What's not to love?
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!
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Many people will be familiar with the creationist-fueled furore this movie ignited in the United States, but after watching this movie the most striking conclusion that can be drawn from the controversy (as opposed to about the movie itself) is that creationists love to condemn things sight unseen. Far from being an attack on anyone's faith, the movie tells a very moving and very human story about the life, loves, and sufferings of Charles Darwin and his loved ones against the backdrop of writing the Origin of Species. Indeed, though the moviemakers most likely consciously courted controversy by their choice of title, the "creation" referred to is arguably the creative process of writing that famous work.

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.
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I wanted to enjoy "Creation" more than I did. Certainly, the focus upon Darwin's private life - as a husband and a father - is an interesting way to portray the man. Yet, Toby Jones' electrifying portrayal of Thomas Henry Huxley - even though brief - had more moment in the drama than anything the actor did as Darwin. What I did not like about the film is that it made the tremendous genius look like a hallucinating madman in the same way that Vincent Van Gogh is often described as a mentally disturbed artist rather than show these men as the thoughtful intellectuals both of them truly were. It is true that Darwin was emotionally wounded by the deaths of his daughters and that he did worry about the effect of his great idea on contemporary Christian understanding as well as his wife's profound religious views. But actually his wife was far more supportive of his enterprise than is shown in the film...and Charles Darwin's sudden rush to publish the "Big Book" after 1858 was probably spurred by the fear that another scientist would take the credit for the insights he had developed for decades. In summary, see "Darwin's Darkest Hour" for a far more balanced view of the critical year before publication of "On the Origin of Species." Alternatively, there is a very, very good "biography" of Darwin on DVD entitled "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" which is the opening movie in the 7 part "Evolution" series from PBS.

But I will say that the scenes of Darwin interacting with a zoo Orangutan are magical. Now that's something to marvel at.
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