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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
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.Read more ›
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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This is a truly awful film. Perhaps you are interested in the domestic issues of an upper middle class Victorian gentleman, in which case my second star would be justified. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Richard Ashton
Great film well worth a watch. Prompted after a visit to his home/museumPublished 28 days ago by S. C. Beck
A moving and good account of Darwin's worst years, starting just after the death of his eldest daughter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. Alan G. Brown
I had hoped this was the other UK TV film focussed on the build up to Huxley's 1860 defence of Darwin for the British Society for the Advancement of Science at Oxford, debating... Read morePublished 4 months ago by VonRichtoven
Puts a human face to the man who changed the story of life. Brilliant.Published 7 months ago by Bill McCoid
An intelligently written screenplay by Mr Collee.
A thoughtful film which makes a pleasant change these days . . .
Simply not a very good film. Story is lost quickly. Acting of mains is good, but script takes them nowhere.Published 9 months ago by ProfJoeCain