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A clever adaptation of a wonderful book,
This review is from: The Constant Gardener [DVD]  (DVD)
Being a great admirer of John Le Carre's book I was particularly looking forward to this film although I feared that it may have been too complex a story to faithfully adapt to the big screen, as has been the problem with most previous Le Carre adaptations. I needn't of worried though as this is a marvellous, clever and moving film which remains faithful to the spirit and feel of Le Carre's brilliant book. The scriptwriters and director have done a great job with the adaptation and the performances are excellent throughout. The images of poverty in Africa are powerful and raw and live long in the memory. Having said that, and having given the film 5 stars, I still think the book tells a better story ( as is almost always the case ). There is greater depth both to many of the characters and to the story itself, and of course you have Le Carre's wonderful writing to revel in. Its still a 5 star film though and one of the cleverest book adaptations that Ive seen.
Le Carre makes an interesting comment in his authors note at the end of the book when he tells us that whilst researching the pharma industry he came to realise that in comparison with the reality his story is as tame as a holiday postcard...