About a month ago I posted about the need for imagery of a young Darwin. Olivia Judson, who has written much on Darwin for The New York Times, makes the same point in her post about Creation:
But to pick at such things misses the point. Too often, Darwin is depicted as a kind of fossil: an old man with a huge beard looking as though he’s 350. It’s refreshing to see him looking young and handsome; indeed, Bettany manages to look astonishingly like the portrait of the young Darwin. And more to the point, Bettany shows Darwin as a man rather than icon, imbuing him with life and love, gentleness and anxiety, tears and laughter. This alone makes it an important film.