Have been fascinated with Charles Darwin for years, and read Origin of the Species over 30 years ago. I was aware of the reaction of the religious right wing "fundamentalists", but did Darwin kill God. Not by a long stretch. For people who believe in God but not religious dogma, Darwin's theory of evolution simply explains the complexity of creation, whether the creator is God or not. In 1992 the Church apologized for their attitude and suffering caused to Galileo who proved that rather than the sun revolving around the earth (the current Church thinking of the time), the earth was just one of the planets rotating around the sun. Galileo avoided punishment for his discovery by leaving the country, however one of his like minded associates was burned at the stake for heresy. This wonderful movie goes into Darwin, the man and his family. I enjoyed it very much.
painfully boring and not very accurate at all
A great story of the conflict that Darwin experienced with his groundbreaking work. So glad he didn't actually kill God - just the concepts that some people have.
Charles Darwin suffers moral and religious torment before the publication of The Origin of Species. A movie which reduces Darwin’s struggle to that of a domestic drama. Would have liked the film to concentrate more on the evolution of his ideas. Interesting but not particularly inspiring.
There are two Darwins. The most famous is an old bald man with a large white beard. The less familiar (unless you recall the great TV mini-series "Darwin and the Beagle" of the 1980s) is a young man, an intrepid traveller, a profoundly curious man.
This film is about the YOUNG Darwin, after his "Beagle" voyage around the world (where he stopped at the Galapagos Islands, in the same way as -- same actor -- Doctor Maturin stopped in the Russell Crowe film "Master and Commander"), married to his loving first-cousin, haunted (almost literally) by memories of his oldest child, Annie, who died at 9, agonising over his theories of evolution that conflicted with the Biblical story of creation.
Paul Bettany was born for this role. He looks and behaves exactly right.
The film is based on the book "Annie's Box", by Darwin's great-great=grandson.
It is a deeply moving story, all the more so because it is TRUE!
Very highly recommended.
Excellent viewing. Becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Paul Bettany.
An odd film, it jumped around chronologically, so at times was a little hard to follow. Quite sombre and restrained, the saving grace of the story was the loving relationship between Darwin and his beloved older daughter. Throughout the movie, Darwin visibly deteriorates from some mysterious ailment then miraculously recovers, which is never fully explained. Not a particularly satisfying film and would only appeal to a limited audience.
Too much (unnecessary) drama and not enough (necessary) substance - along the lines of but better than 'Agora' which (latter) was total rubbish
Could have been so so much better. More on Darwin's early life travelling in the Beagle would have been more interesting, but would have pushed up production costs I guess.
Lovely to watch, and insightful, but lacking in places. Interesting to see the changes in science over the last 150 years, both in theory and practice. Nice to see a movie about the characters rather than just the story. Watch if you are a fan of science and biology, or just curious!
The book showed that invoking a supernatural force (such as God) was unnecessary to explain the diversity of life and how species originate. This realisation, among many other things, lead Darwin to lose his faith.
I have seen many dramatisations of Darwin's life and this one was disappointing for me. The film focuses heavily on the relationship between Darwin and his eldest daughter Anne, who died tragically aged 10. While this loss was obviously deeply significant to Darwin, to my mind the film overstates its importance in the development of Darwin's ideas.
The acting is fine but the scriptwriters seem unsure if this is a film about Darwin and the terrible loss of his daughter or a film about Darwin's ideas and the writing of Origin. They get the balance wrong either way, because the film seems to be trying to be both. I found it slow and tedious with the scenes of Darwin's hallucinations overdone. We see too much of Darwin's tortured mind and too little of his brilliant mind.
I have to agree with the other reviewers. This movie bored me so gave up after about half an hour and watched the football instead.
A great insight into the man behind the work and his struggles with his faith and his conscience.
An insight into the man and his family and life. A fascinating adaptation of how this man would have thought, felt and lived with this belief/theory. I found it an enormously rewarding film in all areas and one that had me thinking for many days afterwards. Loved it.
Interesting - makes you think about the hoo ha that followed the misquoted theory.
Beautifully filmed movie. Good story line, especially for one based on a true story. Slow at times, but all in all a relaxing, interesting watch. I enjoyed it, because I was in the mood for it at the time.
I really liked this film, it's quite a good period drama.
It really isnt about Darwin's scientific work, more about his home life. This is the story of the man, not his work.
It's quite touching and almost weepy in parts, so if you like period drama movies and want to get to know the "real" Charles Darwin, this is for you.
I think those that dislike slow biographical dramas may not enjoy this film, however after just recently reading Irving Stone's "The Origin", I found this movie insightful and moving. To think the Man who is attributed to bringing about the greatest conflict between religion and science, himself was torn by the same conflict in his life. My only criticism is that with the scene's with his daughter Annie - it is often unclear what is a flashback, memory and delusion. Still for anyone that wants to understand this great Man, it is worth a watch.
Boring. What should have been a riveting film was as dull as ditchwater, and we turned it off after about half an hour...
I saw this movie last night at the cinema. Even though Paul Bettany is excellent, I can't say I enjoyed it, as it is not that type of film. It makes you think rather than just watch the story unfold. For myself, It raised more questions than it answered. But after all, the film is not about darwin's theory, but about how he came to write it.