I must say that I wasn't impressed at all, probably because I wasexpecting much more from this movie. Maybe an accent on religion vsscience or on the meaning of life, not just a few lines. So, if youexpect something to think about after you see this movie, don't. It'smore psychological than philosophical. I vote 4 because of the end, itclears up a bit and because I have a great respect for BBCdocumentaries. There are a couple of very interesting scenes thatactually gave some sense. It was a brilliant idea to add it in a movierelated to theory of evolution, too bad that this wasn't the mainsubject. Ah, I just forgot to say that for more than 1 hour, the movieis quite boring and in a way, cruel.User: David Oswin
Creation is annoying. It should be good. It has moments that suggest itwill be good. It isn't good.
Flitting spontaneously between time periods we see Charles Darwin (PaulBettany) battling against his health, his wife and the memories of hisdaughter to write the now world famous book 'the Origin of theSpecies'. Younger Charles is happy. He is enjoying life with his wife,Emma (Jennifer Connelly) and young family including firstborn childAnnie. Older Charles suffers heavily. Both from his own illness,brought on buy the death of Annie and also buy the continuing moralestruggle presented by his choice between publishing or not publishinghis work. Voices pressurise his every move. From Emma who's own strongreligious beliefs make her husbands work unbearable to hisintellectually enlightened friends who quite rightly point out that notpublishing would be the crime of the century. That he chooses topublish is now a historic fact. The journey to get there proves to bevery painful. I only hope it wasn't as painful for Darwin himself as itis for the audience watching.
Although one should never go into a film wanting (or even expecting) itto be either good human emotion and the inability to forget previouscinema experiences (I cannot forget The Final Destination however hardI try!) make this all but impossible. It is for this reason that I wasthoroughly looking forward to 'Creation'. Paul Bettany was there. Ilove Paul Bettany. Jennifer connelly was there. I love JenniferConnely. Throw in some schizophrenia for good measure and there wasknow way in my mind that this film wasn't going to be the new 'Abeautiful mind'. This clearly makes no sense for any numbers ofreasons, but alas this is how the human mind works.
Creation is boring and uninteresting. There I said it. It may havetaken me four paragraphs to get to the point but there we go. And whata strange point it is to get to. How, I here you say can you make afilm about evolution that is boring. The answer is that any film canbecome boring and uninteresting when a director's choice to focus moreon the character development than the content on the film backfiresheavily. Never have I seen such a blinding example of this than here. Ilove character development - and I most certainly can cope with theslow pace that it sometimes brings - however in a film about the mostrevolutionary book of all time I think I can be forgiven for wanting toknow a little more ...'Tell me about crustaceans' I was shouting atthe screen! (obviously not literally this kind of behaviour in aLuton cinema can result in all kind of problems!). This is not a filmabout evolution. It's a film about a depressed ill man who's haunted byhis past. Whilst this is not necessarily a bad topic for a film, it isin my opinion a bad topic for this film.
Still, the fact that the focus of the film may drift to the wrong areasis not all that bugs me. As I said before a character analysis of oneof the worlds most historic scientists could still be a good premisefor a film. However it is in how that focus is delivered that theproblems mount. Numerous infuriating scenes where you cannot tell ifDarwin is hallucinating/seeing dead family members/ dreaming/ dreamingwhilst already in a dream start the painful process. If you thoughtthat last sentence was complex to read it's not because I'm a badwriter (as if I ever could be!), its because I am trying to convey justhow mentally painful these sections of the film are. Why directorscontinue to use this method to convey a disturbed mind is beyond me. Asan audience we get to the point where we can no longer believe thatanything is actually real. (Interestingly enough it is also my onlycriticism my favourite show in the world Lost). The painful processis continued through both Bettany and Connelly's continuous depressingfrowning! Enough already. I get it. life was hard! Now please tell mesome more about crustaceans! And so on to the good things. There aresome great scenes. Scenes with real excitement. Scenes where the theoryof evolution is explained through Darwin's eyes as he discovers them.Two in particular involving an ape in a local zoo are particular movingand undoubtedly the best part of the film. Couple this withparticularly colourful scenes depicting the native tribes of the southpacific ( a couple of shots are nearly as beautiful as some from 'TheFall' and praise doesn't come much higher than that..) and you havethe beginnings of an enchanting movie experience.