YOU have heard about Creation, the new movie about Charles Darwin. The main character is played by Paul Bettany; Jennifer Connelly has the role of Darwin’s wife, Emma.
Our last posts on this subject were written when the film was showing only outside the US. Two months ago, in 1st Month’s Box Office Results we reported on the film’s UK results. It wasn’t a box-office smash. A few weeks before that we reported “Creation” Movie Gets US Distributor.
The film seems to have arrived in the US. The first American review we’ve seen appears in the Detroit News, a failing newspaper in a failing city. It’s titled ‘Creation’ film distorts history through evolutionary eyes.
It required the labor of three geniuses to write this review: Ted Baehr, Jeff Holder and Tom Snyder. At the end of their piece we are told:
Ted Baehr is founder and publisher, Jeff Holder is managing editor and Tom Snyder is editor of Movieguide, a family guide to movies and television.
That’s an impressive lineup. This review is presumably the best work that Detroit has to offer. We’d like to give you some excerpts from the article, but that paper is owned by Media News Group, and they’re suing bloggers who excerpt their stories without permission. So you’ll have to click over there to read it for yourself.
We’ll just give you a bit of description. They start out by blaming the Controversy between evolution and creationism on the media. All this time you’ve been thinking it was caused by the creationists. Well, we’ve all learned something today.
They’re also surprised that the film isn’t about Genesis — you know, that word “Creation” in the title. Imagine their shock when they realized it was about Darwin — the God killer.
They’re very upset that Darwin is shown as the hero of the movie. It’s possible, we suppose, to show the science-deniers as heroes. Such a film’s happy ending would be a final scene in which the scientists were being burned at the stake while the virtuous townsfolk — wielding torches and pitchforks — joyously cheered in triumph.
Wait — it gets better. Then the Detroit movie reviewers then tell us where Darwin went wrong — he ignored the fall of mankind and subsequent curse of God.
This may be hard to believe, but Detroit’s movie reviews are even worse than their economic problems.
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