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Beautifully done, captivating performances, a brave film,
This review is from: Creation [DVD] (DVD)"Creation" is beautifully done. It's a character piece driven by stunning performances by Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.
Adapted from the book "Annie's Box", the emphasis is on Charles Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter Annie, and his reaction to her untimely death. By several accounts Darwin was very much affected by Annie's death and the concept of "survival of the fittest" may have been a difficult realisation from it. Darwin struggles with finishing his world-changing book "On The Origin Of Species" and his devoutly religious wife's opinion that he is damning himself to hell by writing it.
Rather than being an epic film about God, really this is a smaller more claustrophobic story about one death and one single idea ripping apart a Victorian family, and their struggle to remain in control against the odds. The performances are flawless throughout. In particular, there is an unbelievably good performance from an orangutan as 'Jenny'. Both the actress playing Annie and that orangutan should win a 'best supporting actress' award. Amazing.
The non-linear way in which the film is told does keep you guessing as best it can. You have to keep an eye on how much hair Darwin has to work out whether you're in a flashback or not... It's innovative story-telling, considering that nothing much actually happens and you're obviously aware of what happens in the end (the book is published).
I am an atheist. I was worried before I watched it that for a broader American audience, the atheist implications of Darwin's theory might have been glossed over in a way that would have kept a religious audience happy. However, "Creation" pulls no punches in terms of Darwin's own religion (he was not what we'd consider a 100% atheist) and the Godlessness that his theory of evolution suggests.
Excellent on all counts. Watch it.