DVD Review: ‘Creation’ too light on struggles Darwin facedRobert Herling tackles the new-to-DVD “Creation,” which follows the relationship of the father of evolution to his wife following the death of their daughter.
By: Robert Herling, Budgeteer News
“Creation: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed it Forever”
Based on the book “Annie’s Box: Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution,” by Randal Keynes, this movie portrays Charles Darwin (played by Paul Bettany) at his life’s crux as he struggles to finish writing the seminal work, “On the Origin of Species.” While suffering ill health and torment over the death of his daughter, Annie, he also must confront the religious pleas of his friends and pious wife (Jennifer Connelly). We observe the scientist struggling to reconcile faith and facts as he considers the impact that his work might have upon the world.
The film itself is a beautiful specimen. The performances are strong; the cinematography and soundtrack aesthetically moving; and the story undeniably intriguing. Its plot, however, relies heavily on flashbacks and dream sequences that, like the Darwin character, seem to waste too much time dwelling on the past. For viewers like me, who are more intrigued by the religious and philosophical dilemma this man faced, the film has the potential to be much more. Yet those interested in observing the evolution of a relationship beyond the loss of a child will likely view “Creation” much differently.
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