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The Constant Gardener
Love. At any cost.
Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy.
Rachel Weisz makes an even better couple with Voldemort than she did with Wolverine in ‘The Fountain’ and that’s saying something! No seriously, I love Weisz and she is again amazing in this, as is her partner. Both ensure their character with life and complexity to an extent that you rarely see in films of an all in all moderate length. ‘The Constant Gardener’ is as much of a study of these personas as it is a mystery slash thriller, but the story surely doesn’t suffer from the time and effort that is put into the development of these people. On the contrary, the plot is multifaceted, exciting and surprising. Most importantly, whereas many other similar sort of movies get trapped in plot holes, I was unable to identify one mistake or ambiguity in ‘The Constant Gardener’, it seems perfectly coherent and realistic too.
#4 of 12 films in my Adapted Screenplay Challenge (2)
Going into this 477-page novel, I had never read a book by John Le Carré before. In fact, I've read very few spy novels or political thrillers, and I really have no context of comparison for this work.
The story opens at the British High Commission in Nairobi. Sandy Woodrow, Head of Chancery, has just received news of the death of a compatriot, an aid worker named Tessa, near Lake Turkana and the Richard Leaky archaeological site. All evidence seems to indicate murder, and Woodrow has the unenviable task of checking the details and breaking the news to her husband, Justin Quayle, First Secretary in the Chancery, as well as…
The Constant Gardener Review
"Do you no good to go poking around under rocks, Justin. Some very nasty things live under rocks, especially in foreign gardens." - Sir Bernard Pellegrin
The Constant Gardener takes it's name from the book it adapts and the fact that the main character is in the sense a "constant" gardener even though we only see him water plants and buy seeds. This film tries to mask itself as an intense revenger's tragedy with a spy thriller all throughout Kenya as a conspiracy about the lethal testing of drugs is tested on Africans. In reality if you focus on it, it's really just a melodramatic love story about a man who's trying to finish what his…
The Constant Gardener is a master work of suspense brought on by ways of love and deceit.
A political thriller that kept me guessing where it was headed through all the lies and just how cool headed Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) would react to the truths of his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz) and her life and work even when his suspicions were on the highest of levels.
Politics are the evil that rules the world and it is showcased in this brilliant film.
This is a forgotten gem of a film.
The color, style, camera movement and editing in this film is so full of energy and purpose.
Jumping around in time, we are shown the death of character before the buildup of her relationship. When the timeline circles back to the death again it doesn't come across like a replay - amazingly there is emotional weight to the outcome that is already known. Moving still ahead in time, voiceover of Tessa continue to build her character while haunting whatever is on screen with the burden of Justin's loss.
The use of saturated colors against scenes with grey tones is amazing at conveying location - but also emotional states. Justin returns to a…
Words cannot describe just how utterly PISSED off I am that I didn't see Ralph Fiennes mowing a lawn for 2 hours!!
DAMN YOU, trade descriptions act!!
I apologize to any and all parties I may have hurt by forcing them to watch this movie.
Thinking back on "The Constant Gardener" the day or two after having seen it, I found much about the film to admire; however, my primary feeling while actually watching it was one of exasperation.
This film is all rush, rush, rush from one scene to the next, barely giving the viewer time to catch his breath, let alone catch up to the plot. This is another one of those thrillers that thinks if it just moves fast enough, it will keep the audience members on the edges of their seats. It fails to realize that no amount of momentum can make a movie interesting if it doesn't make clear what everyone is rushing around for.
Fernando Meirelles is certainly an…
Not the best John Le Carre film out there, this political thriller is a muddle in which Ralph Fiennes' stuffed-shirt diplomat stops playing by the rules when his radical wife is murdered: she's clearly stumbled on to something happening in Africa that needs to stay secret, and in trying to establish what it is Fiennes becomes both persona non grata and a menace to his country.
The trouble is, it all seems far too ridiculous to stick, and there is too much going on for us to really click with the plot. Ultimately I felt this was too long and didn't really go anywhere.
This is the last time I let Sergio pick the movie for quite some time.
Nota = 6,5
I love these John Le Carré stories, with their labyrinthine plots about conspiracies and coverups. I don't mind if the lead characters are usually bleeding heart softies, it kind of raises the tension a bit, sort of the antithesis to the hard-boiled noire.
But I have a couple problems with the film itself.
Firstly I'm not so big on Africa. Like, the continent on the whole. Technically it's a continent, but everyone really thinks of it as one big country, where every little part of it is fucked in some way. That doesn't stop me watching a film about Africa, but I don't share the love of it like this film-maker clearly does. All those smiling children, and large crowds…
A few weeks ago, I stumbled on an old article on complex.com that focused on 15 one-hit wonder movie directors. Being a sucker for lists, I clicked on the headline and filtered through the results and, to my surprise, I found Fernando Meirelles near the top of the list. Complex's reasoning for his inclusion was that Meirelles was never fully able to follow up the success of his 2002 film City of God. Now, that got me thinking: "Wait, didn't he direct that one movie with Ralph Fiennes, whatever it's called? I feel like that movie was at least quasi-successful wasn't it?" And here we are. The movie I was thinking of was The Constant Gardener which was adapted from…
If I were a cryer, this fantastic film would definitely make me shed some serious tears.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Complete list. :-(