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Creation [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.6 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GSLVX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A 'nice' film, with an excellent performance by Paul Bettany (as Darwin) and his real-life wife, American-born Jennifer Connelly, as Darwin's wife, Emma. I found the story of Darwin's life and that of his family very interesting. Loads of details I personally never knew before. At the end of the film it is stipulated that the film is based on the book Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution, in fact written by Darwin's great great grandson, Randal Keynes. The book has apparently been re-edited with a new title, Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin. On the DVD there is over an hour of excellent special features, showing that, I quote, the film is based, to some extent only, on conjecture, 'a line drawn between two known facts', and there are loads of interviews (including that of Randal Keynes, mentioning his own childhood memories of his great great grandfather's house, and the Box) also going into the historical implications of Darwin's theory. The DVD is worth it, for the special features alone ... A BBC film, partly financed by the British Lottery!
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The previous reviewer giving this film a single star seems to have seen a different film to the one I saw. This film is beautifully shot and acted by all of its actors and actresses. As usual Paul Bettany is simply outstanding. This film is incredibly thought provoking for it deals with so many subjects: parenthood, religion, obsessiveness to the point of madness, death, bereavement, mental illness and perhaps above all - great love.
This is a serious film about serious subjects. It should make you think hard about your own life and your own values. I heartily recommend this film to all who want more than just entertainment
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I enjoyed this film. At times it felt like I was watching a big screen presentation of a Timewatch drama-documentary that the BBC are so very good at. It is ostensibly about how Darwin came to write his seminal work "On the Origin of Species;" but it is much more than that. It is the story of how loving parents lost their daughter, how one retreated into science and the other into religion, the blame they felt and transferred on to others; and the eventual redemption they gave each other. That story could have been set against any backdrop and achieved a similar emotive response in a sympathetic audience. I went on my own to see it because my wife is not interested in science. However, this film is 2 stories - the history of science and the grief driven dysfunctional dynamics of human experience. It was the former that drove me to see the film but the latter level was a welcome surprise. With a different title and/or a marginally different publicity campaign people such as my wife would have probably gone to see it.
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Parents will tell their children they love them all equally because it’s the right thing to do and keeps the family happy and harmonious. But it’s seldom true, as it’s not in the nature of things to be equal. Darwin knew this better than most. Slight variations (mutations) in a species endow it with an edge in the struggle to compete and survive, so some individuals within a given population will always be better equipped than others to cope with life challenges. This is less apparent in modern humans where culture, not nature, is the overriding force that determines the terms for living. Even so, some qualities in individuals will stand out compared to those of others, influencing preference.

Among his 10 children, sired over many years, Darwin preferred Annie (b. 1841), his first daughter and second child. She was precocious, curious, thoughtful, affectionate. She loved to play with Papa and walk with him in the garden at Down House where he liked to do his thinking and reflecting. But she was astute enough to leave him alone in his study when he was working, which meant reading and writing. She was wise for her years and Darwin loved and valued her for it.

His spiritual crisis had been building for years. He knew from all his work and study that the Christian Bible’s pronouncements on natural history were inaccurate and naïve. But Emma, his faithful wife, was a devout believer, and so were millions of others in the Victorian England of his day, even scientists. He was a quiet and retiring man, not outspoken and controversial. But he knew what the conclusions of The Origin of Species pointed toward, even if man was hardly mentioned in its pages. So he dithered for over 20 years, sitting on the theory, perhaps even hoping someone else would come to the same conclusions he had.
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Creation is supposedly about the origin of Darwins seminal book-The Origin of the Species and has an excellent cast including a brooding and restrained Paul Bettany and an impressive Jennifer Connelly as his wife. That the film does not deliver this story in its entirety is not surprising since Darwin led a crowded and studious life. However, it might have been better to call it, Annie's Box (since this is the book by Randal Keynes that it is based on) Indeed the central crux of the film is the devastating loss of Darwin's oldest daughter,Annie which in the books view confirmed Darwins loss of faith and drove him on to consider his scientific theories- theories he was unable to write down because of his grief and due to his knowledge of how they might be offensive to a religious society as epitomised by the devout Connelly, his wife. So, there are too many scenes where Darwin is forced to rationalize ideas by talking to the ghost of his daughter (these become insipid in the end) and not enough scenes where he is engaged by the thoughts of society. That wonderful actor, Toby Jones is credited as Huxley but only gets one scene. There are certainly atmospheric shots of flashbacks to the Beagle; his observations of nature; his experiments and his own battle with illness.
However, in only focussing on the death of his daughter one gets the obvious; that he was devastated and unable to function- which doesn't always provide the dynamic for a film- too many shots of Bettany looking sullen and distressed; that he has to face up to the death of his daughter before he can function and write again is not enough to sustain the narrative of a whole film. So nicely shot; well acted but heavily restricted by its choice of source material- worth watching but ultimately too worthy to provide the film that is fighting to evolve- specious rather than original.
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