Are Creationists Hurting Creation, Or Is It Just No Good?

By Katey Rich 2009-09-16 07:35:18discussion comments
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The Charles Darwin documentary Creation was selected to open this year's Toronto Film Festival, probably on the starpower of Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, who star in the film and were instrumental in getting it made. And I've gotta be honest, the response wasn't great. My twitter feed was packed with journalists claiming to have walked out halfway through of boredom, or stuck around only to not be rewarded for the effort. Variety had only tepid praise for the film, and predicted it as a "medium" specialty performer.

But of course, the film's producers won't admit that anything could possibly be wrong with their movie, so they're blaming creationists instead. In the British newspaper The Telegraph, Creation producer Jeremy Thomas seemed outraged when he said "The film has no distributor in America. It has got a deal everywhere else in the world but in the US, and it's because of what the film is about. People have been saying this is the best film they've seen all year, yet nobody in the US has picked it up."

Sure, it's completely ridiculous that evolution remains such a hot topic in America. But God knows there have been plenty of movies marketed exclusively to the kind of liberal, urban audiences that aren't creationists, and Creation seems like exactly the kind of movie that would succeed there. The film will inevitably be picked up for distribution, and expect there to be another round of complaints about the creationists when the movie doesn't perform as well as they'd hoped. It's a handy boogeyman.
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