Movie Review – The Constant Gardener (2005)

In this film Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz play a married couple who come from opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to politics. Lots of developments over the course of the movie put strain on the marriage and a discovery proves deadly, but it also cements their love. 

I enjoyed this film a lot more than I thought I would. When it started I thought it would be quite dry and heavy-handed but it was actually very intriguing. I like how it mixed in human drama with political intrigue, and I thought there was a good balance struck between the two. At certain points it did feel a little slow but it soon picked up so even if there were moments where I felt a little bored the film hurried along. Ralph Fiennes held the film together and it was a fine performance from him. His character changed through the movie but it was a very subtle transformation. The mystery was handled well and there was a fair amount of suspicion cast on a number of characters, which kept things interesting. 

The film really hit its stride in the second half as things began to unravel. There was a lot of tension but there was a lot of heart as well. The message was woven into the piece so it didn’t overshadow the story, which I appreciated. I also liked the climax and thought it was very fitting. 

It takes a little bit of effort to stick with at the start but it’s a rewarding film that is definitely worth watching. 

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