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TIFF Film review: Creation

When TIFF organizers said they weren’t opening this year’s fest with aCanadian movie, they assured fans that the one they picked instead wasone they all “fell in love with.”

Creation
Rating: ****


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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