16 July 2010

'Creation' out on DVD in the US

'Creation' was the film industry's nod to Darwin's 200th anniversary in 2009. As the blurb says:

From director Jon Amiel (The Singing Detective, Entrapment) and writer John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) comes CREATION. A psychological, heart-wrenching love story starring Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) as Charles Darwin, the film is based on “Annie’s Box,” (Guardian review here) a biography penned by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes using personal letters and diaries of the Darwin family. We take a unique and inside look at Darwin, his family and his love for his deeply religious wife, played by Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream), as, torn between faith and science, Darwin struggles to finish his legendary book “On the Origin of Species,” which goes on to become the foundation for evolutionary biology.

The film didn't get great distribution in the UK but failed to secure distribution at all in the USA so this is your chance to buy the DVD or download and see 'note perfect' Paul Bettany acting an anguished Darwin. The rather clumsy title refers to the 'creation' of the Origin of Species. If Bettany is half as good as his sub-Darwin performance as the physician and naturalist Steven Maturin character in Master and Commander, the film will be worth it for his performance alone.

Here's what BBC Radio 5 Live's bequiffed film critic Mark Kermode has to say on the matter:

If you've seen it, let us know what you think.


Richard Carter, FCD said...

I think it was eventually released in limited cinemas in the USA.

I reviewed the film on the Friends of Charles Darwin webite. Two-word summary: curate's egg - http://friendsofdarwin.com/videos/creation/

Anonymous said...

Richard is right, it played in larger cities in the U.S. I saw while in London in October, and sadly have yet to post my review of it on DoD!