16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
brilliant and moving,
This review is from: The Constant Gardener [DVD]  (DVD)
I absolutely loved this film, it did justice to the book, cutting but not detracting from the power of the story or its moving nature. The film centres around Justin Qualye, an english diplomat who takes up his activist wife's quest, abandoning his 'keep our activites seperate' 'loyalty to the governement' and generally stiff upper lip attitude. His passion for his wife, Tessa, does not die with her, but is shown in his search for her killers and in finishing the cause that she died for. The film is good, with a more satisfying finish than the book, which stops a bit short, the funeral scene is a good way to close. I strongly recommend reading the book as the plot is strong and the parts cut from the film are definitely worth reading as it will give you a fuller story.
As for technical stuff, a friend said that the hand held camera style made her feel a little sick, but I didn't even notice it. The african scenery is beautiful. . . baisically, watch it, it will change your perspective, probably make you cry and in general leave you thinking about it for days. Definitely five stars.