When TIFF organizers said they weren’t opening this year’s fest with a Canadian movie, they assured fans that the one they picked instead was one they all “fell in love with.” And Jon Amiel’s Creation is a magnificent choice. Paul Bettany puts in a ferocious portrayal as Charles Darwin, the troubled scientist whose theories about evolution in his book The Origin of Species launched a war between science and the church 150 years ago. Bettany’s wife Jennifer Connelly co-stars as his long-suffering wife, but she struggles with an upper-crust English accent. Gorgeously shot and laden with ideas, Creation is a triumph — but a painful one, as it forces us to face our own beliefs.
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TIFF Film review: Creation