Saturday, July 17, 2010

Movie Review: Creation

I FINALLY got to see Creation this week. It is available on Netflixs now. I never had a chance to see it when it was in theaters (it never showed anywhere near where I lived). I really enjoyed the movie and felt like the showed Darwin for the human that he was. I am sure there were some liberties Hollywood took for dramatic effect, but I thought it played well to convey the point. Darwin was a Christian that grappled with his observations in science and his faith, or lack there of after his daughter dies. Darwin has to deal with hypocrites and trouble makers, and his wife, who was a devout Unitarian, and her fear that they would never live together in heaven if he continued to pursue his thoughts on evolution. Huxley proclaimed that Darwin would finally be the man who is known for “killing God” which seems to freak Darwin out pretty bad (see the trailer below at about 65 seconds in). It was an interesting insight into Darwin’s home and family life. There are quite a bit of flashbacks to move the story along. My husband did not like this, but it did not bother me too much. In the end I thought it was well acted and an interesting story. I really do not understand why so many Christians would be afraid to see this film. Maybe they would be more understanding of the man behind the Origin of Species and stop being so afraid of what they really do not know. Darwin was just another human, not a demon for his thoughts on evolution.



© ReBecca K. Hunt-Foster

8 comments:

tony edger said...

Glad to see this posting from you, and glad to get the recommendation because I was uncertain about the movie despite its wonderful array of actors. Darwin was such a complex, challenging, and appealing human being. The movie appears to offer some of that. Thanks.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. said...

They show Emma Darwin as Catholic? I thought she (and the Wedgewoods in general) were Unitarians (although the women of her generation were supposedly a more Anglican-flavored Unitarian than her dad's more deist-version ones.)

Sarah D., Ichnobabe said...

Emma Darwin wasn't Catholic, she was Unitarian. Big difference!

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

My mistake. I was going off something they said in the documentary on the disk, and did not look it up.

Three Ninjas said...

"I really do not understand why so many Christians would be afraid to see this film. Maybe they would be more understanding of the man behind the Origin of Species and stop being so afraid of what they really do not know."

That is exactly why so many Christians are afraid to see this film.

ambient said...

Darwin was not as simple as this clip portrays him -- Perhaps the whole film does him justice, but I guess that's an impossible task.

Brandon Nichols said...

Listened to 'On the Origin of Species' a few years ago in its entirety, and what an amazing work ... not just of science as we know it to be, but of engaging literature and the philosophy of inquiry. Thoughtful, introspective, never boastful, and brilliantly insightful from beginning to end. It is utterly disgraceful and much to the discredit of every religious cult that attempts to vilify this amazing man in perpetuity of their ancient, spiteful ideas.

Oh and BTW, great blog! ;-)

jason said...

I think i've watched Darwin's dangerous idea about 15 times. I'll definitely check this out too.