Creation

Creation

DVD - 2010
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Gives viewers a unique inside look at Charles Darwin, his family, and his love for his deeply religious wife, as he is 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.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jan 03, 2017

This is an incredibly interesting look at Darwin's motivation, his conflicts and eventual triumph.

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Byond
Dec 13, 2016

I am inclined in general toward material that deals more directly with what might be called spiritual matters; I decided to try this on a hero of science. My reaction, initially, was near nausea. Perhaps it is a fair point that coming out with ideas that challenge conventional wisdom is hazardous to one's well being; but this must not have been the spark that got this project to fruition. Whatever else might be found here, the framework is a domestic drama. We are treated to a somewhat constipated seeming man who appears to be relatively well placed in society and has accepted his role as a scientific discoverer. We seek to know God and we seek to know science; the two quests inform each other. Somehow there is a faith that each will lift us up. In order to leave any impression at all the film provides two sacrifices. Jenny and the daughter are innocents who capture the heart.

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Janice21383
Sep 11, 2016

Creation was a slight disappointment when it came out, but I am not sure why. Possibly because films based on fact don't fit comfortably into marketable categories. The pro-evolution side found there wasn't enough science in it, which is a little true, but the basic ideas are handled symbolically, or are sometimes S-P-E-L-L-E-D out for the benefit of viewers who are really at a loss. And how much evolutionary theory did you expect to see squeezed into a two-hour biopic? The pro-creation side can enjoy a reasonably balanced depiction of 19th century religion, and Darwin as that popular figure, the atheist with grudge: a good person who doesn't believe in God because something bad happened him. In fairness, the film does show Darwin's deep love of life and living things, and gives it equal weight in his thoughts. At bottom, Creation is the story about a family, who were among the first to experience the implications of the disappearance of God. EXTRAS: the director's commentary will answer some of the questions about authenticity and theme you might have.

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SusannahElf
Nov 29, 2013

I was expecting more of a movie about Darwin's ideas, but this is really the story of how a family comes to cope with the death of a loved child. As such, it is well done and affecting.

aaa5756 Sep 28, 2013

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way. Very predictable but still entertaining.

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Genkai
Sep 21, 2013

The actors and the director did a great job in my opinion, however its not an exciting movie to most people including me. Its rather predictable and non-climatic.

With that said, if you are like me and love to challenge your brain and learn, definitely check out the special features. They have interviews with three educators. one is an evolutionist atheist, the other one is a evolutionist who is a theist and the last one is a young earth creationist who of course is a theist but is also an evolutionist i think, which of course, is completely contradictory and strange. There is even another special feature where a another white gentlemen ask the viewers of the dvd to examine their own biases when presented with two opposing views. Its like a critical thinking primer, pretty slick.

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rslade
Aug 15, 2013

Some interesting points, and well acted. Sweet and poignant in places. Historical accuracy questionable.

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akirakato
Mar 05, 2013

Charles Darwin's "The origin of Species", first published in 1859, has been clled the biggest single idea in the history of thought.
The book was sold out on its day of publication.
This film is the story of how it came to be written.
it was directed by Jon Amiel and released in 2009, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Charles and Emma Darwin.
It is a partly biographical, partly fictionalised account of Charles Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter, Annie (Martha West), as he struggles to write On the Origin of Species.
The film shows Annie in flashbacks and hallucinations, a vibrant apparition who goads her father to address his fears and finish his masterwork.
It is apparent that Annie has died, and that her death is a taboo subject between Darwin and Emma, as both feel intense blame for her death.
As a result of the strained relations between Charles and Emma, they stop making love entirely.
Anguished, Darwin begins to suffer from a mysterious, fatiguing illness.
It is revealed that, after Annie becomes ill in 1851, Darwin takes her to the Worcestershire town of Malvern for James Manby Gully's water cure therapy, against Emma's will.
Annie's condition worsens, and she ultimately dies after her father, at her request, tells her Jenny's (young orangutan's) story once more.
Darwin is devastated, and her death sharpens his conviction that natural laws have nothing to do with divine intervention.
To his contemporaries, this is an idea so dangerous it seems to threaten the existence of God.
Desipite the tragic death of their daughter, Charles and Emma remained happily married until his death aged 73.
He was buried with full Christian honors in Westminster Abbey.
It is a fascinating and quite thought-provoking drama.

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neonkc
Dec 24, 2012

very good

theorbys Aug 28, 2012

Beautiful cinematography and period design, some really great anecdotal incidents, and extremely well acted, but it is ponderous and really drags on in places, and it is pretty fanciful. It did, to my mind, bring out, without beating it to death, the turmoil caused by Darwin's theories in people's minds. But recent scholarship questions whether Darwin really did drag his feet on publishing his work, proposing that he was just being careful.

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Sep 21, 2013

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NanaPat
Apr 23, 2011

Part drama , mystery and love story ; this film offers a captivating portrait of a deeply complex man. Ill health and the haunting memory of his deceased daughter , Annie, interrupt the journey to finishing his book. An ever widening gulf between Darwin and his wife , who has deeply religious beliefs, and being torn between his own faith,science , work and family open a world of self discovery.

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HereHere
Mar 26, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: dead birds; hallucinations

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biblioQ
Nov 29, 2013

Charles Darwin: Suppose the whole world stopped believing that God had any sort of plan for us?

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