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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.
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…
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…
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. It's a great film in every aspect, from the excellent camerawork, to a terrific performance from Ralph Fiennes, to an exciting and intriguing plot. The Constant Gardener is an overlooked, excellent thriller.
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!!
Always going to be difficult to adapt a complex book into a film but this is a very decent attempt. Ralph Fiennes stars as a British diplomat in Kenya whose wife is murdered and he gets sucked into the murky world of corruption, deception and greed that his late wife was investigating. Don't be expecting James Bond or Jason Bourne - this is much more realistic, subtle and gritty. Not as good as John le Carre's book, which is excellent, but worth watching.
Either my expectations were too high or it really just didn't deliver the goods. It was a beautifully directed and filmed to give due credit though.
look at all these nice white folk solving the world's problems . . . poorly.
Disappointed - has nothing to do with gardening.
Wonderfully told, skillfully directed, and with arresting performances, The Constant Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles, is a really smart and entertaining thriller with important melodramatic elements. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz were absolutely splendid.
Ralph Fiennes v good, I felt the film was quite slow paced
Meirelles’s visual style is mesmerizing, but he is not the best choice to direct a film that’s fundamentally about the post-colonial policies enacted by British foreign services which he obviously doesn't know much about. As such somewhere along the way a bit of tedium sets in. And when the heavy-handed, overtly saccharine ending rolls on the film is saved purely by magnificent central performances.
Retaining the nail-biting tension and intrigue of the John le Carré novel and interlacing it with considerably more emotional heft, Fernando Meirelles seems to perfectly understand the great espionage writer and his affectations.
Ralph Fiennes provides an incandescent performance as we follow him through intense grief and deadly curiosity. The ethereal presence of Rachel Weisz grounds the entire story, making characters and plot threads tangible even when her own role is not. She's a cypher and a great deal of this tale reflects one man's efforts to better understand his wife.
Managing to breathe life into a thriller such as this is no mean feat. Many great film makers have attempted to transpose great literary works within the genre and…
Although the settings and major players were decidedly different, there was something eerily familiar about the main thrust of “The Constant Gardener,” an intrigue film pregnant with corporate malice.
Novelist John Le Carré displayed truly prescient inklings with the thriller he fashioned in 2001; the film adaptation also received an unanticipated relevance when an astounding $253.4 million verdict was rendered last month against Merck, the maker of a previously popular painkiller Vioxx.
Texas jurors sent a clear message to the company: Americans shouldn’t be sold a drug that clinical trials proved to be a serious health liability.
Bringing a pharmaceutical conglomerate’s wrongdoing to light is the prime catalyst, too, for the strong-minded Tessa (Rachel Weisz). In fact, Tessa’s outspokenness is…
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