The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel(2012)
Bittersweet comedy starring British acting royalty Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson as a group of English pensioners who uproot and retire to the seemingly luxurious Marigold Hotel resort in India. From the director of Shakespeare in Love.... More
On arrival in Jaipur they find not a romantic idyll (as promised by enticing advertisements), but a dusty, run-down shell of the Marigold's former self. Encouraged by the hotel's over-optimistic young manager (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire) and the beauty of India, the group of retirees tentatively embark on a new adventure...Hide
BY Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer
Bound to become one of the most talked-about films of the year, this whimsical ensemble comedy pushes all the right emotional buttons at the right moments. Even when you’re aware of it happening, the criminally good cast transcends the film’s flaws. From Judi Dench’s widowed Evelyn to Bill Nighy’s long-suffering Douglas and Penelope Wilton’s permanently dissatisfied Jean, each masterful actor sensitively portrays their character’s pain, desire and vulnerability, allowing for subtle comic flourishes to shine through.... More
The film might be about a group of English folk outsourcing their retirement to Jaipur, India, but at its core it’s really about letting go of the past. They’ve come to one of the most vibrant places on the planet, a backdrop director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) shows in all its colourful splendour, without recreating a travel show.
Not all of the film hangs together perfectly – it’s all wrapped up a little too conveniently – but it’s so watchable it barely matters, even when the plight of the Indian characters falls back on all-too-familiar themes. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) is charming as the hotel’s preternaturally optimistic and often deluded proprietor, railing against an arranged marriage. Likewise Maggie Smith’s initially xenophobic Muriel undergoes a wildly drastic transformation designed purely to move an audience. But there are more than enough delightful scenes and sparkling one-liners to forgive the film its obvious plot points.
With such an exceptional cast and intoxicating fantasy of a premise, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will leave you grinning for days.Hide
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BY BrionyJae superstar
And with good reason - the acting line up is simply superb. Judi Dench played a compelling character, both... More quiet and strong - and inspirational. Bill Nighy was my personal favourite, just because he's so darn adorable! Oh, and Maggie Smith = hilarious. On top of the stellar acting, we are given a brilliant storyline - or, rather, storylines for each set of characters, weaving together perfectly. I also enjoyed the setting of India, and felt that it was a faithful and positive representation.
So, what I'm trying to say is... just go and see this film :D You certainly won't be wasting your money. And, as my title says - this film will definitely become one of my most-loved films of all time.Hide
BY GrahamP superstar
This is a beautifully crafted movie.A great story with never a dull moment.It shows a little of India and the conditions they live with..
The background music is subtle but I found it to be the best I have heard for a long time,so do listen to it.
An enjoyable movie which I highly recommend.
BY filmlover superstar
Fun little flick which reminds us that our Grande Dames of film won't be around too much longer. What will we do without Maggie and Judy? Still, a very unrealistic look at what would happen to the old folk if we packed them off to India. Lot's of fun ensues with the these chirpy retirees but please don't send granny off to live out her days in Delhi. It's no picnic for the elderly.
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