Politics Evolution: Too Hot for IMAX
So I saw the new IMAX/Warner Bros. production, Deep Sea 3-D a few days ago, and for the most part, I was impressed. You can read my review in this week’s Film Shorts. It’s gorgeous, there are some amazing-looking creatures, and the kid-friendly narration (by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet) has a sense of humor about itself. (The movie opens Friday at Pacific Science Center.)
Director Howard Hall and producer Michelle Hall were at the screening, and afterward, someone in the audience had the sense to ask, “I noticed you touched on symbiosis and other biology concepts in the narration. But you never used the word ‘evolution.’ Was that on purpose?”
(If the interlocutor had been really clever, he would have said, “by design.”)
Howard Hall replied, “Absolutely. The word ‘evolution’ does not appear in this film. Neither does ‘sex.’ This is on purpose. There are some things you just don’t say in a commercial theater.”
He went on to refer obliquely to evolution-haters “in the Midwest” and quickly said he hadn’t seen that sort of thing here in the Northwest. (Hello, Discovery Institute.)
I can’t endorse a boycott, which I think would be counterproductive, but I am going to write a letter to IMAX and Warner Bros. If a SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY isn’t a safe forum for discussion of evolution, what next?