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Feature 8.5
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features 5.0
Audio 8.5
Distributor: Icon
Running Time: 103
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer:
Brent Jago

8.5


Creation

Creation tells the story of Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany), in the lead up to him writing his single greatest work; The Origin of Species. We follow Darwin in his idyllic Victorian family life as he connects with his children by sharing the stories of his many journeys and experiences around the globe, most notably with his daughter Annie (Martha West), while also furthering his scientific studies that conflict with the beliefs of his wife, Emma (Jennifer Connelly), a deeply religious Christian. Events culminate that almost drive Darwin to an early grave before he has a chance to finish what has come to be one of the single most important pieces of writing ever.

Paul Bettany gives a sincere and heartfelt performance, of a man struggling to continue his work and his life after a great personal tragedy that almost drives him to ultimate ruin. Bettany is the single most reason to watch this film and the second most being Martha West as his eldest daughter, Annie Darwin. She brings a great sense of maturity and innocence to her role, which is very pleasant and refreshing to watch. Bettany’s real life wife, Jennifer Connelly comes out with another great performance as Emma Darwin, the wife of Charles. Hers is the most complex, showing the love that she has for her scientific minded husband vs. the love for her God and the balance she has to find between the two. She plays a deeply religious woman, who believes in her unshakeable faith, but also trying to support the scientific ideas and theories of her husband. It all makes for a very interesting story to watch. 

In the extras department, what we get are some interesting docos on the making of the film and a look at the real Charles Darwin, his scientific ideas and even into his home, which is still today, exactly as it was when he and his family lived there, even with all the same furnishings. 

When it comes down to the wire, what we are left with is an emotionally deep and human tale that is the lead up to the single most creative and controversial idea ever put to paper. Bettany is the one to watch here. His performance is the key. Creation is a film full of big ideas that make you think and a very human heart that will also make you feel.






 
 



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