The Constant Gardner

The Constant Gardener is a lot like every other thriller/mystery out there. Oh, except the acting, directring, cinematography and script are way better! But honestly, this has all the elements of a typical thriller, but somehow manages to redefine the genre with amazing performances and a style all its own.

Ralph Fiennes is truly amazing and I would pay money to watch him sleep for two hours. His understated performance helped set the tone of the film and defied the typical grieving/angry husband performance we have seen in other movies with storylines like this.

I really truly loved this movie, but at the end of the two hours it was still a thriller and isn't anything that is going to stick with me for months to come. I predict it won't stick with Academy voters either.

Grade: B+


Anonymous Pat said...

The director, whose name escapes me momentarily, also did "City of God."
The striking thing about both films is the sense of environment. Also the way color and beauty are juxtaposed with brutality.

You're right, though. "Constant Gardener" is good but not great. If you haven't seen it, though, check out "City of God." That is a great film.

11:08 AM, September 23, 2005  
Blogger Chargenda said...

City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles, is really amazing. It was a surprise nominee for Best Director, and it deserved it. I was blown away. That one scene with the kids and the gun was so hard to watch!

Yeah, the shots are beautiful, but somehow don't seem wrong for such gritty horrible scenes.

11:11 AM, September 23, 2005  
Anonymous guile said...

the ralph fiennes i love is back in the constant gardener..

5:25 AM, October 21, 2005  

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