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Story on the creation of On the Origin of Species, focusing exclusively on Darwin's struggle between religion and his theory of evolution and the death of his daugther Anne, and alas largely ignoring the scientific battle. The asynchronous storytelling makes it difficult to get in the mind of Darwin and understand his motivations, and on a whole the dramatization doesn't do justice to Darwin's intellectual endeavour. The writer has very likely taken some liberties with the truth, but it results in some moving dramatic moments. Bettany's finest hour. A shame that the part of Darwin's wife Emma, beautifully played by Connelly (who is married to Bettany in real life too) is underexposed.