It's little problem for Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly to fill the roles of husband and wife on screen, since they also have that relationship in real life ... but the couple they play in this drama is notable. Bettany is cast as Charles Darwin, but the story unfolds prior to the Darwinian evolutionary theories that would be legendary forever after.
The spouses are shown in the wake of a personal tragedy, and director Jon Amiel ("Sommersby") uses that backdrop to humanize someone whose name has become something of a symbol over time. Jeremy Northam ("Miami Medical") and Toby Jones ("Infamous") also star. DVD extras: 12 "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by Amiel. *** (PG-13: AS)