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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!!
A beautifully shot film with incredible scenery and strong performances from the cast. It's a solid story, but a bit bland, meandering and unclear. The mystery unravels over the course of 2-hours and becomes so anti-climatic by the end, I was just waiting for it to be over.
Ralph Fiennes does sweeping epics (The English Patient), some of the worst (best?) villains of all time (Schindler's List, Harry Potter), comedy (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and now I find out he's a great action actor? Is there anything he can't do?
Fernando Merilles, who breathlessly depicted the slums of Rio in the masterpiece 'City of God' takes a shot at filming Africa in 'The Constant Gardner', and boy does he succeed. The setting is outstanding and the film is edited to perfection. Never before has a le Carre adaptation been so alive.
As stated before, Ralph Fiennes makes for a great action hero (even if only the third act is really action, the film is act one romance, act two procedural/investigation). The beauty that is Rachel Weisz deservedly won an Oscar for her wife role. She's given a lot to do here; she's probably also the most complex character in the film.
Very highly recommended.
Three Bees is what I call the Beastie Boys
I loved her rotten, because she was my home.
compelling, has a nice pace, we get to think about an important issue like pharma companies and all that they do for good and the bad, the theme of the system being broken is woven into a sweet love story…
John LeCarre is a great writer who manages to create well-drawn characters and sets them within intricate plots. The combination of LeCarre’s novel with Fernando Meirelles of City of God works surprisingly well. Visually the film is amazing with the look of the film shifting dramatically depending on the time and emotional state of the characters. While a film that mixes pop and politics can tend to be a bit preachy, I didn’t mind it at all as the film constantly keeps you a bit off-balance with the characters and the audience trying to understand how their lives intersect with the events that are larger than themselves. Ralph Fiennes perfectly pitches his character as does Rachel Weisz. They are in love, but it’s a complicated relationship that isn’t all perfect and wonderful, which is the spirit all through the film and it is that element of realism that makes the whole thing work so well.
When you keep secrets,
You abuse the trust of those
You should trust the most.
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.
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