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How he saw the world changed it forever
Member Name: aylawarner
Advantages: Great acting, made me see Darwin in a different light
Disadvantages: Hardly anything to do with his theory and more about his personal life, lots of slow parts
Creation tells the story of scientist Charles Darwin at the time when he is attempting to write down his findings of evolution and reveal them in a book. But since the death of his eldest daughter, Darwin has been in and out of illnesses and depression and his work and home life has been damaged because of it. His life becomes a huge struggle with his publicist urging him to finish the book and with the huge rift that has been created between him and his wife, who is a very religious woman. The only saving grace to encourage him to continue his work is the ghost of his daughter who seems to be the only person on his side.
~ Cast ~
Charles Darwin - Paul Bettany
Emma Darwin - Jennifer Connelly
Annie Darwin - Martha West
Reverend Innes - Jeremy Northam
Thomas Huxley - Toby Jones
Joseph Hooker - Benedict Cumberbatch
I'll start off by saying that I don't agree with Darwin or believe in any of his theories about evolution but, regardless, I quite fancied seeing this film as I am still interested in hearing about the subject. However, I was extremely disappointed to find that the film hardly even touched on the subject of evolution despite me thinking that's what the entire film was meant to be about.
The film was more about Darwin's own personal life rather than his work and the theories that made him so famous and this wasn't the part that I was really interested in. We saw how his work both changed and effected his personal and family life and it did manage to tell me a lot more about the man than I already knew. It showed the tension that his theory caused between him and his wife, Emma, who was a religious woman who believed in God. We also saw the trouble he went through when his eldest daughter, Annie, became ill and died and how this made Darwin think he was going mad when her kept seeing her ghost and taking advice from her.
The only part of the evolution theory that it showed was him trying to write down his findings into the book 'The Origin of Species' with the encouragement of his daughter's ghost as well as a lovely part with Jenny the chimp, who he studied and related to humans, which is where a lot of the basis for his theory came from.
The acting was all very good from every actor and Paul Bettany, who I'm not normally keen on purely because he usually plays horrible characters, played a very different part in this to usual and he played it very well. At times he seemed sensitive and caring and then the next day he would begin to act in crazy ways and would make him self cripplingly ill through all the pressure and stress he was under. I thought he did the part justice and he managed to make me feel very sorry for Charles Darwin who must have had a very difficult life and he actually made me see the scientist in a very different light.
There were quite a lot of slow moments throughout the film so I think that you really need to be interested in the topic to actually appreciate or enjoy it at all. I did like the film but I went to see it because I was interested in his theory not his life and so it just didn't work all that well for me.
Running time: 108 minutes
Certificate rating: PG
Director: Jon Amiel
Summary: Probably a good film for those who are more interested in Darwin the man rather than the scientist