Creation

Creation

DVD - 2009
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Publisher: [United States] : Lions Gate Entertainment, c2009
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English audio; English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles

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sc11602
Jun 26, 2019

Compelling telling of portions of Darwin's struggles. I think he and his wife's stories deserve a full-feature treatment, along with his best supporters. Highly recommend a title - "Darwin's Armada" as background before watching Creation.

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Courier2003
Aug 19, 2018

Learned a lot about Darwin's family life. Movie way to long. A tormented soul bucking the churches teaching and his wife's beliefs. Did they inherit a family estate? What was source of income? Had servants too!

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lavasushi
Jul 22, 2018

Love Paul Bettany. OK with Jennifer Connelly.
“Some good acting and fine cinematography are watered down in a tepid yawner that moves with the speed of natural selection, but without its irresistible sense of purpose.” Written by Jonathan F. Richards of Film.com. Couldn’t have said it better

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mr_chocolate
May 07, 2018

This is a film that successfully explores the depth and sensitivity of Charles Darwin (played by Paul Bettany), a morally conflicted scientist, loving father and husband to his 2nd couisin Emma (played by Jennifer Connelly - real life wife).
In the bonus material, there is more than 20 minutes of interesting interviews and background material of the Darwin's, and the author of the book that this film was based upon. The book, Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, his Daughter, and Human Evolution (2001), by Randal Keynes, a great-great grandson of Charles Darwin.
This is highly recommended.

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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 how much evolutionary theory did you expect to see squeezed into a two-hour biopic? The pro-creation side didn't like it for obvious reasons, and possibly because Darwin didn't suffer melodramatically enough. Well, what can you do? Facts are inconvenient. 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. ETA: regarding the film.com comment, from July 22nd, 2018 above -- natural selection is not "irresistible" in the sense that the critic means, nor is it purposeful, nor is it even slow. Natural selection is taking place all around us, all the time. Maybe he means speciation? In any case, he wasn't paying attention to the film, which considering his views is frankly no surprise.

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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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rslade
Aug 15, 2013

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

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Apr 23, 2011

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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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