“Creation” the Movie: US Premier on 22 January

Creation: The true story of Charles Darwin

We’ve written before about Creation‘s box office performance in the UK. See: Creation the Movie: 1st Month’s Box Office Results. Now, as the National Center for Science Education reminds us in this article, Creation premieres in the United States:

Creation, the new film about Darwin featuring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, premieres in the United States on January 22, 2010, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Boston.

Here’s the movie’s website: Creation. If you have the necessary software you can look at a trailer they make available.

We don’t expect this film to have millions of Darwin fans lined up for blocks waiting to get in. We really don’t know what to expect. But compared to Ben Stein’s Expelled, this movie has one outstanding virtue going for it — it tells a true story.

[Update: See: Creation: 1st Weekend Box Office Results.]

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5 responses to ““Creation” the Movie: US Premier on 22 January

  1. I wouldn’t say “true story.” Some parts are, others are just made up.

  2. Picky, picky, Michael. How about “based on a true story”? That work better for you?

  3. Well, yes, that is better, as Darwin is made out to be, and I am quoting from a friend, “a raving lunatic.”

  4. Raving lunatic? I’ve seen reviews by Olivia Judson and by Eugenie Scott. Neither of them mentioned that.

  5. darwinsbulldog

    Olivia Judson: “Bettany plays a man haunted by his dead daughter — a powerful performance perhaps inspired by the fact he himself lost a young brother when he was a teenager. Bettany’s Darwin sees the ghost of his daughter in his study, in the garden: wherever he goes, she is there. The ghost chides her father for being a coward and not getting on with his work on the “Origin.” She is also destructive, taking Darwin away from his living children and his wife. It’s a disturbing interpretation. Charles Darwin is supposed to be a symbol of rational thought, not a character subject to a kind of Shakespearean insanity.” (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/the-creation-of-charles-darwin/)

    Scott: “Much of the movie takes place as flashbacks to when Annie was alive; much takes place after her death, when her father imagines conversations with her. In some reviews the later Annie is described as a ghost. Not really. Creation is not a ghost story. Rather, the filmmakers are taking dramatic license to make Darwin’s thoughts about her visible to us.”

    Me [as I shared to a friend on Facebook]: “I have seen it, when I was in London in October. I am waiting to see it a second time before posting a review on my blog, though. Annie’s character really isn’t a ghost, but within Darwin’s own mind. She comes in to tell him things he does not want to hear, which is fine, but I think the film goes to far when other figures (Emma, for example) see Charles having conversations with her, but it looks like he is talking to nothing of course. I really liked the film, but I have reservations… including how Darwin’s character is made to be rude and unsympathetic to his family – there’s a scene where his other kids hear him telling Emma “I don’t care about the other children, just Annie.” I cannot imagine Darwin having said such a thing, nor how in another scene him and Emma are arguing and he is pursuing here room to room, she closes doors behind her and he seems aggressive in wanting to get into the room where she fled. I think he was too gentle a character to have acted in such a manner… Besides the weird choice of actor for Huxley, those things are what I disliked. The actor chosen for JD Hooker was awesome. What I really liked were the scenes with Darwin and his children engaged in science activities…”