August 24, 2005

Victory "Gardener"

I was only half-expecting to enjoy "The Constant Gardener" given its sobering subject matter, but I went to a screening last night of this John LeCarre adaptation, and thought it was quite good. Ralph Fiennes plays a "let's-not-rock-the-boat" British diplomat to Africa,and his wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz) is an impetuous firebrand whose inquiries into a behemoth pharmaceutical company stirs up big-time trouble. As intrigue ensues, the film simultaneously delves into the sweet love affair that brought this unlikely couple together. The performances were remarkable, although I found the first half of the film a bit more engaging than the latter half. Overall, however, no weeds here. -- Amy

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