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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!!
Beautifully shot and featuring two splendid performances, The Constant Gardener is mesmerising viewing.
I wasn't impressed with THE CONSTANT GARDENER. It’s a good film, but certainly nothing great.
The main problem for me was the love story. The tagline reads "Love. At any cost.", yet you rarely get a sense that this love meant anything - only at the end, but it was such a miserable and vague ending that what love story was left just felt unimportant. You look at the way the two meet, the way they behaved together, despite a moment here and there of genuine affection, I never believed they loved one another enough to go through the crap they consequently endured. Perhaps on a second viewing, my feelings will be different, but I was disappointed.
The other thing…
I love a good political/corporate thriller occasionally. This is one of my personal favorites, combining a love story of two very different people, a murder mystery and an interesting backstory about shady drug testing business in Africa. Impressively directed by Fernando Meirelles and superbly acted by the leads Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.
Too many flashbacks! Five minutes into the movie I thought Fiennes was a dick because I thought he nailed a chick right after his wife died. Only to realize that he was actually having sex in a flashback with his wife pre death, not post death, that would make for a totally different movie. From there on I was checked out.
What a transformation! Ralph Fiennes starts off as a meek low-level British diplomat who barely takes an interest in his work. But the more he discovers about his late wife the more inspiration he finds to become something much greater than himself.
The Constant Gardener is neither a thrilling spy movie, nor a moving (or believable, for that matter) love story. It's a bit pat, & in its efforts to deliver a powerful message about colonialism & 21st century ethics, it manages only to dumb-down the subject matter until it packs the punch of a junior-high-level research paper. Despite its unbearable uneven-ness, it manages still to be both predictable & formulaic. I was kind of embarrassed watching it, actually.
While the film-making is lovely & skilled, it's also repetitive & rather unexciting. It's got a lot of tricks that at first left me nodding with a smile, thinking "oh, at least the cinematography is lovely," then left me bitter over its cliched use of light & color to…
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.
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