Movie review – Balancing the big ideas

2010-06-25 11:32

Film: Creation (Ster-Kinekor)
Director: Jon Amiel
Featuring: Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly
Rating: 7/10

Creation is described as Charles Darwin’s struggle to find a balance in his ­marriage between his scientific ­ideas on evolution and his wife’s ­religious beliefs.

But it’s really about his grief over his ­daughter Annie’s (Martha West) untimely death and the writing of On The Origin of ­Species, one of the most controversial books ever written.

Based on Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal ­Keynes’ biography, it’s a ­personal take on one of ­history’s greatest minds.
Starring real-life spouses Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as the Darwins, ­director Jon Amiel’s film is strictly for an ­arthouse ­audience.

This film asks the big questions about life and ­belief in the hereafter, and explores a scientific ­community breaking away from the church.

Bettany and Connelly share good on-screen ­chemistry, but the real ­emotional life of this film lies in the conversations ­Darwin has with
Annie’s ghost.

Fine performances and sensitivity make Creation a must-see.

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