Constant Gardener

So we did decide to go see The Constant Gardener, and I’m so glad we did. I loved this movie. It felt so real and heartfelt to me. And thoughtful. I’m not saying it’s perfect, like for example I think the director uses too much of the handheld camera style. Maybe cos the particular scenes were shot with a handheld, but sometimes I just wanted it to be clearer and steadier:p But I really enjoyed it, and not just in a “it was good fun, so don’t think about it too much” sort of way, better than that.

I have a hard time writing these little mini-reviews because I don’t want to give too much away, ever. Also, sometimes, right after I watch a movie I will love it or hate it or feel eh about it, but then it grows on me or grows on my nerves. But this felt good to me, and I’m still thinking about it, and it made me cry (disclaimer: I cry easily:p).

The movie was like a thriller, driven by a love story. What I mean is, all the action in the movie was because of Justin’s (Ralph Fiennes) love for his wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), despite everything. You know a lot of times, the hero of the movie becomes a superhero in response to trauma (the whole “you’ve pushed me too far!!!” thing) or something. Justin does become stronger and more courageous and such, but not superhumanly so, just trying his best within his capabilities, and in a way that made his efforts more amazing. Ralph Fiennes was just awesome.

I thought it was a great movie, maybe the best this year so far. Although as a disclaimer, I should say that I haven’t seen all that many movies for this year. Also, Yut thought it was good, but I don’t think he thought it was as good as I thought it was. Still thought it was a “darn good movie for this year” though:p

On an off topic, have you noticed that the people who complain the loudest about the rudesbies that mess up their movie watching experiences with cell phones tend to be the older or at least middle aged people? And yet this movie, which had maybe 3 other people besides us who I felt were sort of our age, and the rest were older couples, yet there were 2 cell phones that went off. The people turned them off right away but seriously, how hard is it to turn it off in the first place? Like when the ubiquitous “please turn off your cell phones” ads come on??? In contrast, when we went to see Red Eye, there were a lot more people, almost all of them youngish and no one’s cell phone rang.

Also, speaking of Red Eye, I forgot to mention, Colby Donaldson (he of Survivor 2: The Australian Outback) was in it! He was the head security guy. I saw him and kept on wondering where I’d seen him before cos I knew I had, so I dawdled on my way out of the theater to watch the credits til I saw his name:p


  1. Ahh… the one Julie and I were just talking about. Was wondering what movies were out worth watching and the only one i came up with was Constant Gardner. Julie’s response, “What movie??”

  2. Haha, that’s kinda what happened when I said I wanted to watch it:)

    Yut was like what’s that?

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