The Toronto International Film Festival opened last night with Creation, the new Jon Amiel film about Charles Darwin starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. Here's Ebert's reaction. It's not a review but more of a commentary, and I'm somewhat torn by what I read. Some of the details Ebert gives are clearly melodramatic flourishes (Charles walking out of a sermon on Genesis, Emma's "fervent" Christianity, Annie's alleged contribution to embolden Charles to publish Origin), but then making a movie of someone's actual life would be a boring affair without a little drama thrown in. I wonder whether the movie will wallow in the alleged faith/science conflict or merely skirt that issue? Ebert says that it is never dealt with directly, which I find slightly reassuring, even if the added bits of drama cause me to roll my eyes.
Ebert seems quite self-assured about the creation/evolution issue, which anyone who followed his reactions to Expelled already knew. He doesn't seem to have a very well-informed opinion, though. He characterizes modern opposition to Darwin as "limited to a fundamentalist minority of American Christians." That's not exactly correct. They're not all American or fundamentalist. I suspect it's also debatable whether it's a minority of Christians, but I can't say that for sure.
Meanwhile, there's been a bit of brouhaha over TIFF opening with a British film rather than a Canadian one. Read about that in the Reuters coverage.