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Plot: Narvel Roth is a meticulous horticulturist who is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate and pandering to his employer, the wealthy dowager Mrs. Haverhill. When she demands that he take on her wayward and troubled great niece, it unlocks dark secrets from a buried violent past.
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Schrader plays things way too safe
“Master Gardener” boasts an intriguing title; it conveys a sense of expertise, craftsmanship, and perhaps even a hint of mystery. It’s a fascinating choice that leaves the audience pondering what lies beneath the surface of the movie, effectively hooking viewers and sparking their curiosity right from the start. And while the concept of a film about an adept horticulturist doesn’t seem immediately appealing, when the words “Written & Directed by Paul Schrader” grace the screen, one quickly realizes that appearances can be deceiving.
In Schrader’s signature fashion of crafting films about enigmatic loners with mysterious histories, “Master Gardener” unsurprisingly delves into this very concept. Finding himself in the employ of Sigourney Weaver’s Norma Haverhill, a wealthy, haughty, and snooty woman who coincidentally happens to be the owner of a prestigious garden, Joel Edgerton plays Narvel Roth – a gardener – who utilizes his love for gardening, journaling, and stoicism as means to bury his enigmatic past. Alas, the tranquil world of Narvel takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of Maya, brought to life by Quintessa Swindell; Narvel finds himself tasked with training Maya in the intricate art of gardening, all while grappling with the possibility of a budding romance between them. And as the master of crafting stories centered around tormented individuals, how does Schrader let his expertise shine in “Master Gardener”? In short, he doesn’t.
“Master Gardener” epitomizes the essence of a slow burn; if you were to look up those words in the dictionary, you might very well stumble upon a poster of this movie. With a runtime of one hour and 51 minutes, the film drags and plods along, and during my viewing experience I was questioning whether I had somehow crossed over to the afterlife only to find myself trapped in an eternal viewing of this movie that refused to conclude. And normally, I don’t mind lengthy films, and a runtime of under two hours typically signals a promising sign… or so I thought. However, in the case of this movie, it becomes evident that its duration doesn’t equate to a substantial narrative, meaningful themes, or engaging storytelling, even when the hook of the movie is revealed.
Without divulging the ultimate theme of the film, I must admit that it is undeniably provocative. The thing is, Schrader fails to explore it as deeply as a film of this nature inherently demands. Ripe with possibility, the movie simply never becomes more than what it presents itself to be; characters are what they are, with no growth or development (other than, arguably, one scene in a motel room that is, truly, the cringiest and most uncomfortable scene I’ve had the displeasure of witnessing in recent memory). There’s no internal struggle, no strife, and even when glimpses of drama or conflict arise, the film swiftly changes direction, refusing to delve into or further explore these elements.
Furthermore, “Master Gardener’s” dialogue is some of the worst I’ve heard in a theatrically released film, period. Unnatural, stiff, and unbelievable, characters engage in forced and rigid conversations that defy the realm of human expression. And, in turn, the performances suffer. Everyone in this movie is a fine actor, but you wouldn’t know that if this was the first movie you’ve ever seen them in. The poor script took me out of the film, consistently failing to engage me in a story that should have been more riveting than it is.
Ultimately, “Master Gardener” presents genuinely unique ideas that can make it worth a watch for some. And while I’m impressed by the audacity Schrader displays by venturing into the territories that this movie does, I’m left more disappointed by the film’s failure to push beyond those boundaries. Schrader should have been firing on all cylinders, presenting a daring and unapologetic film; instead, he plays things unbelievably safe, seemingly afraid to fully explore the themes that he himself has written.
More Than Just Gardening
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This movie is about more things than just gardening. Joel plays the master gardener that works at a big plantation sized house owned by Sigourney. Joel is the master gardener and he is so good at his job that they have contests every year for the flowers he grows. Quintessa plays Sigourney’s niece that is biracial, which is a disappointment to Sigourney, who is just a tad on the bigot side. After circumstances leave Quintessa homeless, Sigourney decides that it would be best if she took Quintessa in, but not too close-she makes her live in the servant’s quarters, not in the big house with her. Sigourney also wants Joel to teach Quintessa about gardening. Esai plays Joel’s sponsor in witness protection-yep, Joel has some secrets-and Joel’s past is soon uncovered. It is a little slow in parts and the title-Master Gardener-has two meanings.
It’s rated R for language, violence and sexual content-including nudity-and has a running time of 1 hour & 51 minutes.
It’s not one that I would buy on DVD but if you are interested in it, it would be alright to stream.
Original Language en
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Paul Schrader
Writer Paul Schrader
Actors Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Quintessa Swindell
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
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