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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!!
Great performances and an intriguing story. Meirelles is very good at making us feel for the characters, as he did with City of God. Beautifully shot as well.
The gardener was NOT constant. There was almost nothing about gardening at all, in fact. This is not a movie about horticulture. The thesis I wrote about this was wrong.
Acting was great, film less so.
Impressed with how Ralph Fiennes navigated the range of quiet civil servant & mourning investigator.
Likewise Rachel Weisz serving as an object of desire & plot catalyst, amazing that she found any time to be an actual character of her own.
Personally, I felt the film was trying too hard to pull the audience's emotional strings and sympathies, I spent too much of the running time thinking about all the various ways it was awards-baiting, rather than just enjoying it.
Also I know it's a La Carre novel, which have a very particular quiet English nostalgia about them: Deals done on trust in old smoking rooms; Decisions made by birdlike middle aged men, who seem like…
The last 'Ralph Fiennes is cute' film before he became 'Ralph Fiennes is a legend' is also, I think, one of the most underrated films of last decade.
While some aspects have aged despite being only a decade old, Fernando Meirelles has not made a decent film since. Possibly because he spaffed all his talent on this very sad and very beautiful film.
There was very little gardening in this movie, deceptive advertising.
Rachel Weisz was cute in this
Rather full of its importance, this Oscar winning drama is never less than absorbing with superb performances from Weisz and Fiennes and wonderful travelogue photography
Good to see Bill Nighy in a rather different register and the underrated Danny Huston is as untrustworthy as ever
However the segment with Pete Postlethwaite rather wasted his talent and somehow didn't ring true
Takes a while to get going, but it gets there and it becomes a pretty nice "big business" vs. the little guy(s) story, What is Ralph Fiennes or Rachel Weisz in that's not pretty good?
I like the second half much more than the first but overall this gardener is still excellent.
Excellent thriller with some truly heartbreaking moments. Beautifully shot and masterfully acted.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(