Hey folks, just a heads up:
Now, I have not seen the movie, so I can’t recommend it based on its cinematic merits, but some in the scientific community are promoting the film for its positive portrayal of Darwin the man, and for the fact that the medium of filmÂ can exposeÂ him and his ideas to a very broad audience. Says Robert Luhn, Director of Communications at the National Center for Science Education:
“If there is a strong turnout the opening weekend, the movie will stay in theaters longer, which will generate buzz, which will keep it in theaters longer. And that means more people will see Darwin (and his ideas) presented in a more positive light.”
More after the fold.
The movie is based on “Annie’s Box” (“Creation: Darwin, His Daughter & Human Evolution” in the U.S.), written by Randal Keynes, Darwin’s great-great-grandson. As you can imagine, creationists are already starting to huff and puff about the film. But as NCSE’s Genie Scott notes in her full review:
“Creation” is a “thoughtful, well-made film that will change many views of Darwin held by the public–for the better.”
The filmÂ apparently downplays the perception of Darwin asÂ the figureÂ responsible for so muchÂ brilliance and controversy.Â Olivia Judson, in the New York Times, says:
“Too often, Darwin is depicted as a kind of fossil: an old man with a huge beard looking as though heâ€™s 350. Itâ€™s refreshing to see him looking young and handsome…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.”
And the author of the book,Â Randal Keynes, sums up his great-great-grandfather as follows:
“[Darwin’s] love for his wife; his observations of his children; his friendships with gardeners, schoolteachers and pigeon fanciers; his fears about death, revolution, bankruptcy, inbreeding…all these things found their way into his theory. He was the most inclusive of thinkers.”
So perhaps if you find yourself in one of the selected cities, this film can find its way onto your entertainment agenda. The “Creation” national run begins on January 22 in the followingÂ markets:
New York City:
Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema
Clearview’s 1st & 62nd
San Francisco Bay Area:
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema (SF)
Landmark’s Shattuck (Berkeley)
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Landmark’s Kendall Square
Group rates may be available–readers should contact the theater in question.
Want to meet the author, the filmmaker, and/or evolution experts?
For those in the Bay Area, the Embarcadero Center Cinema (in San Francisco) will host a Q&A panel after the 7:30pm screening on the 22nd featuring the film’s director Jon Amiel, Dr. Eugenie Scott of the NCSE, and Dr. Kevin Padian, Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator in the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.
For those in Los Angeles, there’s still time to slip into an **advance** 7:30pm screening at UCLA on January 19. The Q&A panel will feature author Randal Keynes, Director Jon Amiel, and UCLA professors Soraya De Chadarevian (history) and Anthony Friscia (ecology and evolutionary biology). The screening if free, but you must RSVP at www.eeb.ucla.edu/creation_movie.
For those in the Boston area, there’s an **advance** screening on January 14, 7pm, at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge. The Q&A panel includes author Randal Keynes, and professors Thomas Glick and Jon Roberts of Boston University. RSVP at [email protected]
For more info about the movie, trailers, schedules, etc., check:
The official site
The Facebook page
The Twitter feed