“Creation” Reviews

Creation opens today in the U.S.

Creation opens today in the U.S.

While Creation is already on DVD in the UK (and here if you like to download stuff), the film opens today in select major cities in the U.S. (the NCSE has a list of those cities and theaters or on the film’s Facebook page). I will keep adding reviews or interesting coverage of Creation (IMDb, Yahoo!, RT) to this list as I see them:

The Guardian: Paul Bettany: Playing Darwin with Creation (2/12/09)

WIRED UK (News Culture): Creation – the story behind Darwin’s big idea (8/28/09)

Evolving Thoughts: The new Darwin film (9/6/09)

The Opinionator Blog (Olivia Judson): The Creation of Charles Darwin (9/8/09)

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert): Darwin walks out on Genesis (9/10/09)

Pharyngula: Roger Ebert doesn’t review Creation (9/11/09)

Panda’s Thumb: ‘Creation’: A drama about the life of Charles Darwin (by Eugenie Scott) (9/11/09)

Variety: Creation (U.K.) (9/10/09)

Tree of Life: Creation: interactive map better than the film? (9/22/09)

Guardian (Comment is free): Creation is a fitting tribute to Darwin (9/23/09)

Times Online: Creation: Origin of the specious (9/25/09)

Zoonomian: Creation (9/25/09)

The Daily Mirror: Film review: Creation (9/25/09)

Answers in Genesis: Creation in the Making (9/25/09)

Guardian (The Observer): Creation (9/27/09)

The Rough Guide to Evolution: First Thoughts on “Creation” (9/27/09)

Creation Ministries International: Review of Creation the movie – Sanitizing evolution (10/15/09)

The Dispersal of Darwin: Saw ‘Creation’ (10/29/09)

The Red Notebook: Creation review (11/2/09)

LA Weekly: Go Creation (12/23/09)

Los Angeles Times: ‘Creation’ (12/25/09)

The Sensuous Curmudgeon: “Creation” the movie: US Premier on 22 (1/8/10)

New York: 52 Minutes With Paul Bettany (1/10/10)

Skepchick: “Creation” Premieres in Selected Cities (1/13/10)

CBS News: The Evolution of Charles Darwin (1/18/10)

Chicago Sun-Times: Bettany admits to feelings for his leading lady (1/19/10)

The Christian Post: ‘Creation’ Movie to Make U.S. Debut (1/19/10)

CFI (A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper): Review of “Creation” New Film about Darwin (1/19/10)

HAO Blog: Movie Review: Creation (1/19/2010)

Brand X: ‘Creation’: On the origins of Darwin’s ‘Species’ with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly (1/20/10)

The Sensuous Curmudgeon: Creation the Movie: Box Office Data Source (1/20/10)

Vanity Fair: Paul Bettany’s Journey to the Dawn of Creation (1/20/10)

Young Freethought: Creation – A Film About Darwin the Man (1/20/10)

PARADE: Paul Bettany on Charles Darwin: “He Was an Atheist and So Am I” (1/20/10)

The Toronto Sun: ‘Creation’ fails to deliver (1/21/10)

Rolling Stone: Creation (1/21/10)

The Wall Street Journal: Brit Grit, Anger and Power (1/21/10)

The New Yorker: Survival Stories: “Creation” and “The Girl on the Train” (1/21/10)

Why Evolution Is True: Anthony Lane reviews Creation (1/21/10)

NPR: Grappling With ‘Creation’ In The Shadow Of Death (1/21/10)

NPR: Randal Keynes: When Darwin Is In Your Family Tree (1/21/10)

CBC News: Paul Bettany is a sympathetic Darwin in this well-meaning but sentimental biopic (1/21/10)

The Loom: Anthony Lane on Darwin (1/21/10)

LiveScience: Charles Darwin: Family Man, Scientist and Skeptic (1/21/10)

AnAtheist.net: Creation Opens Tomorrow in the United States! (1/21/10)

Thoughts from Kansas: Creation (2009) (1/22/10)

Fast Forward Weekly: Creation lacks intelligent design (1/21/10)

USA Today: ‘Creation’ has good star, lovely visuals, few answers (1/22/10)

The Washington Post: Creation: Tale of Darwin loses its grasp (1/22/10)

New York Daily News: Jon Amiel’s ‘Creation,’ starring Paul Bettany as Darwin, moves across screen like Galapagos tortoise (1/22/10)

The Boston Globe: Creation: The agonies of Darwin (1/22/10)

San Francisco Chronicle: Review: Darwin film flawed, but intriguing (1/22/10)

The New York Times: The Great Evolutionist Bares His Own Soul (1/22/10)

A Natural Evolution: Creation Reviewed (1/22/10)

CSI/Skeptical Inquirer: Review of Creation & Interview with Randall Keynes (1/22/10)

Institute for Creation Research: ‘Creation’ Movie Debuts in U.S. (1/22/10)

The Sensuous Curmudgeon: A Creationist’s Review of “Creation” the Movie (1/22/10)

The Christian Science Monitor: Creation: movie review (1/22/10)

Time: Creation: The Origin of Darwin’s Origin of Species (1/22/10)

True/Slant: Creation… the Movie (by Michael Shermer, Skeptic) (1/22/10) [also on skepticblog (1/26/10)]

StarNews Online: Let’s talk about “Creation,” baby! Darwin movie debut excludes the South (1/22/10)

MSNBC (Cosmic Log): Darwin’s Difficult ‘Creation‘ (1/22/10)

NPR: ‘Creation’ Portrays Darwin Conflicted Over Faith (1/22/10)

The Los Angeles Times: The Origin of Darwin (Q&A with Keynes) (1/23/10)

411mania.com: Creation Review (1/23/10)

Scientific American: Creating Darwin’s Biopic (1/23/10)

Cinematical: Review: Creation (1/23/10)

The Sensuous Curmudgeon: Creation: 1st Weekend Box Office Results (1/24/10)

WIRED UK (News Culture): Creation gets up close, very personal with Darwin (1/25/10)

Discover (80 beats): Can America Not Handle the Science in “Creation” & “Extraordinary Measure”? (1/25/10)

Discovery News: New Darwin Film Creates Controversy (1/26/10)

Metro (UK): DVD Review: Creation ‘is an important story well told’ (1/26/10)

Laelaps: Movie Review: Creation (1/26/10)

ABC News/Nightline: Movie Sparks Battle Over the Bible (1/26/10)

New Scientist: Hollywood’s Darwin: No match for the real thing (1/27/10)

PRI’s The World Science: Creation: A Conversation with Darwin’s Descendant (?)

TheScientist.com: Creation: The good, the bad, and the ugly (1/29/10)

The Sensuous Curmudgeon: Creation: 2nd Weekend Box Office Results (2/1/10)

EvolutionBlog: My Review of Creation (2/1/10)

Gene Expression: Creation (2/5/10)

My Kids Deserve Better: Creation (2/6/10)

Daylight Atheism: Movie Review: Creation (2/6/10)

The Sensuous Curmudgeon: Creation: 3rd Weekend Box Office Results (2/7/10)

New University: Who Made This ‘Creation’? (2/8/10)

Newsweek: The Death of the Biopic (2/11/10)

John Reardon: Creation and Charles Darwin (2/15/10)

The Pitt News: Movie shows Darwin’s struggle with theology, science (2/15/10)

Roger Ebert: Creation (2/17/10)

North County Times: MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Creation’ provides new evidence in life of Darwin (2/17/10)

San Diego Union Tribune: ‘Creation’ loose with facts of Darwin’s evolution (2/19/10)

AnnArbor.com: “Creation” tiptoes around momentous subject (3/15/10)

Issues in Science and Technology Online: Charles Darwin and the Human Face of Science (Winter 2010)

DarwinWatch: Mis-Creation – A Movie Review (4/18/2010)

Dinochick Blogs: Movie Review: Creation (7/17/2010)

Evolving Thoughts: Creation, a personal reflection on the movie (7/18/2010)

Exploring Our Matrix: Creation (7/20/2010)

Victorian Skeptics: Creation – Movie Review (7/23/2010)

Thinking Christian: Movie Review: Creation (7/24/2010)

Down the Cellar: Creation (8/16/2010)

The Heretic’s Haven: Creation (8/16/2010)

Artist Inlet Press: Creation (9/24/2010)


The Knife Writing Darwin-Inspired Opera

From Pitchfork:

The Knife Writing Darwin-Inspired Opera

I’ll bake the cake, you round up the candles: November 2009 marks the 150th birthday of Charles Darwin’s epochal evolution text On the Origin of Species. And who better to commemorate the occasion than, okay, the Knife! With an opera??

The piece is set to debut in Copenhagen in November 2009, and takes as its inspiration Darwin’s thoughts on evolution, change, transformation, and mutation.

Tromping on Sacred Ground, a new play about T.H. Huxley

From Spreeblog:

Tromping on Sacred Ground

Going back to the Victorian era, the Alleyway’s Mazumdar New Play Competition winner Tromping on Sacred Ground by Suzanne C. Dickie offers a biographical portrait of Henry Huxley, one of the first scientists to lend support to Charles Darwin after publication of Origin of the Species.

“This play is a romance of ideas, a tribute to the joy of thought turned to action turned to social impact. In 1860, the Church Of England refuted Darwin’s theories of evolution, and influenced public opinion against them. The play shows that Huxley and his circle responded by suggesting the human mind was the greatest creation of God and the greatest human sin was not to exercise the mind,” explains director Thomas Dooney.

“Huxley was a remarkable scientist and thinker in his own right. The play traces the relationship between Huxley, his wife Netty, a poet, and their friend, and Huxley’s longtime professional colleague John Tyndall. These are three especially vivid historical figures who dispel the stereotype of Victorian narrow-mindedness.”

Dooney notes that “this is not a bombastic debate on the subject of creationism vs. evolution.” He says it “is a gentle, thoughtful play about carrying through despite life’s challenges. That in a life graced with genius and important work, one must also sustain friendships, maintain a family; one must love and be loyal and be true to oneself…and to be ready for change.”

With a new play like this, Dooney says “the director’s function as liaison between the operative forces–the script, the artists and the audience–is heightened. …it is a particular challenge to direct a premiere script…a challenge and a privilege and a responsibility.”

Casey Denton, Kelly Beuth, and Christopher Parada star as the principals. Tromping on Sacred Ground runs November 6-22.

Yet another Darwin film, but this one revolves around Emma

From the Telegraph:

Rosamund Pike’s evolving portrait
Having played Shakespeare, Martin Luther and Robert Dudley, the 1st Earl of Leicester, Joseph Fiennes is to add another historical figure to his CV.

Mandrake, by Richard Eden Last Updated: 7:31PM BST 13 Sep 2008

Mandrake learns that the 38-year-old actor is to perform the role of Charles Darwin in Mrs Darwin, a film about the wife of the Victorian naturalist.

“I’m playing the title role and it is really fascinating,” said Rosamund Pike at the premiere of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, in Mayfair.

“I’m definitely a Darwinist, but playing his wife has been a real eye-opener. She was very religious and his discoveries placed a heavy strain on their marriage. We are exploring different angles to his life story.”

Last year, the diaries of Darwin’s wife, Emma Wedgwood, who was his first cousin, were published online.

The entries shed new light on the man who convinced scientists to believe in evolution. The diaries had been contained in 60 pocket books kept at the home of Darwin’s great-grandson Prof Richard Keynes.

Casting for Creation

While reading this article on the Darwin movie Creation, I saw this page on the “The ten best crime movies” with a photo of actor Pete Postlethwaite (he played the big game hunter in The Lost World: Jurassic Park). For whatever reason, I immediately thought that Postlethwaite bears a similarity to Joseph Dalton Hooker, botanist and Darwin’s friend and colleague. I wonder who will be cast as those in Darwin’s circle, for Creation

Actor/Actress chosen for Charles and Emma Darwin in one of 2 upcoming Darwin films

Paul Bettany (at left next to Russell Crowe) will play Charles Darwin and his wife/actress Jennifer Connelly will play Emma Darwin in Creation, the Darwin film I thought was to be named Origin. io9 has the scoop. I really liked Bettany as surgeon/naturalist/Darwin-esque Stephen Maturin (see picture) in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004) based on books by Patrick O’Brian, so this is probably a role to look forward to.

Darwin Movies Update

I was confused about the number of and titles of the Darwin movies to hit the big screen in 2009. It appears, according to The Internet Movie Database, that there will be two. There is Evolution’s Captain, based on the book of the same name by Peter Nichols, revolving around Darwin and Fitzroy’s relationship aboard HMS Beagle. Search the database for The Untitled Charles Darwin Project and Annie’s Box, and you come up with Origin, which will be based on the book Annie’s Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution by Randal Keynes, revolving around Darwin’s home life amidst researching and writing his evolutionary works.

We can only hope there will also be a movie based on Alfred Russel Wallace’s life… yes, Darwin may have had an unfortunate encounter with three beetles, but he did not have a ship burn down at sea with all his specimens and notes. That would make for a good scene!