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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!!
Fiennes and Weisz give excellent performances in this hard-hitting, emotional drama.
Superbly shot slow-building Le Carre adaptation. Fiennes is a revelation with a performance of gentle, shy determination and Weisz is just as good, their plausible characterisations and relationships giving the tough, cynical script an anchor.
The film still holds up as a great drama and as Mierelles last good film...
Het documentaire-achtige mag in het begin misschien storend werken, als de plot eenmaal loopt, dan wordt dit opgeheven door de ingehouden verbijstering van een sereen spelende Ralph Fiennes en de bijbehorende beelden. Een van de betere verfilmingen van John le Carré's romans. De scène met acteur Richard McCabe in de kerk is simpelweg goud waard.
Come for the wonderful acting, directing, and camera work. Leave when you realize the People of Kenya are little more than set dressing to propel another Anglo centric narrative.
It is impossible for me to a give rating to this film, because I am quite divided in my response.
On one hand, it is a five-star film in that I was taken completely by its strong performances and well-crafted structure. Truly a great movie. Fiennes and Weisz were both achingly perfect.
However, I was extremely troubled by the film's use of Kenya, and its people, as merely a setting/props to the central story of the white, British couple. If there were many well-made, diverse, complex films about Africa, perhaps I would not be as bothered. But, there are not. There are a myriad of films which depict Africa as a tragic hell-hole, and almost always these show Africa through the eyes of white Westerners--who are either there to save Africa or die for Africa. This is unacceptable.
I have no idea what just happened.
The Constant Gardener is an intellectually grounded action film with two tremendous performances by Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. Neither performer plays an action star, which is the heart of the film. They are both real people. People who put opportunity and wealth aside to travel to poverty-stricken Africa and make a difference, only to have their relationship strained by the overwhelming obstacles facing them. Both have different visions of how Africa can be saved, and the film shows those fundamentally different philosophies wedging themselves between what they first saw in one another.
Uniquely, the film paints a very one-sided and aggressive portrait of one of the characters early on, molding the viewer's opinion of said character from the start.…
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A solid potboiler, chilling, but great entertainment. Ralph Fiennes is great as Justin Quayle, a discreet diplomat and our guide to the conspiracy the movie revolves around. I found the handling of said conspiracy to really be exemplary. All the pieces are on the table, but it takes time to put them together, and although some pieces are withdrawn, it is never frustrating to the viewer, and it never feels like a cheap trick, just good storytelling. Everything is clear, even as the story is convoluted.
I also appreciated how the movie condemned the corrupt practices of some pharmaceutical companies, without condemning the entire medical profession. Nuance doesn't need to stand in the way of making a good villain.
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