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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
To bastardise a Roger Murtaugh quote - I’m too young for this shit.
Perhaps this review will be a little on the harsh side, particularly when I am obviously not its target demographic, but I find it rather depressing that an impressive ensemble cast is wasted on such lightweight fluff. The story - a group of 60+ Brits travel to India to spend their twilight years in luxury yet find the hotel to be anything but - is the sort of tired rubbish you’d find propping up the TV scheduling on a lazy Sunday evening. So what we get is a range of one-note characters each fulfilling their respective roles in the story. What a shame then that you cast…
Oh look, Maggie Smith's a racist. I wonder if, by any chance, she might have changed her outlook by the end of the film.
There's just nothing to this film. It's a really bizarre comedy drama in that it's neither funny nor particularly dramatic. It just meanders its way through its over-long running time, have someone inevitably and tragically cark it, have someone else being presumed to have carked it, and that's it on the drama front.
Then have it be simultaneously patronising and admiring of India and Indian culture, throw in the usual jibes about Indian food giving you the shits, have the hotel owner be a gibbering moron who has…
For some reason I didn't think I'd like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at all. This is in large part why I'm just now getting around to seeing it. The title was a bit of a turn off and the plot didn't seem like something I'd enjoy, at least that's what I thought. As it turns out this simple story of a group of English people in their twilight years choosing to spend them at a hotel in India is quite charming. It features a cast actors and actresses most are sure to recognize, and all the culture and nuances of the country it's set in. Directed by John Madden and adapted from Deborah Moggach's novel, These Foolish Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a pleasant surprise and one I wish I'd gotten to sooner.
Ron's recommendation: See it.
Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.
Some of the best british actors alive are assembled in a film about retirees moving to India, and feeling shocked by the culture differences.
A film packed with such a talented cast was expected to be, at least, watchable and funny. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is extremely boring, predictable and cliched.
John Madden has no idea of what he is doing throughout the movie because he doesn't care about the characters. It's just a mix of people, with no significant development and it's very hard to feel connected to them. Every moment of, let's call it, stronger emotions feels very…
The power of an actor, or in this case actors, can sometimes carry through a piece of work that without them wouldn't particularly stand out, and that's very much the case with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (for the Elderly & Beautiful). John Madden's movie, based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, is directed with an elegant, cultured, charming malaise and very much has a script to match; his piece casually ambles it's way through a tale of senior citizens on a voyage of self-discovery as they trade in a set of dour, middle-class lives for the late vestiges of the Raj in Jaipur, a land of crumbled old buildings, eternal sunsets, noisy & loud streets and err... call…
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has a messy script. It simply forgets a few narratives and characters that it introduced initially as the story advances. The ending is one of those old cliched moments when all the characters get together and take part in a dramatic conclusion. But I liked it. Why? Because the great ensemble that includes Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith *sweats profusely at the amount of awesomeness* save the day.
This film concerns 7 Brits who end up in India in the 'luxurious' Marigold Hotel. To their disappointment, the hotel is far from being luxurious and is run by a confident yet struggling young man played by Dev Patel. But soon, to no…
This film is obviously not aimed at my generation, still I can't help but say that I really enjoyed it. It's a nice fluffy amusement on a hot summer night, and that's exactly what I needed. Plus I got a marvelous cast. Of course it's far from perfect.
Though I loved Dev Patel's dorky and adorable character (come on, he's really cute), his subplot felt a bit unnecessary, considering that there were more interesting stories to tell. Tom Wilkinson's line was emotional and had much more potential. We didn't really get to know Judi Dench, her feelings and her past seemed a bit faint.
Yeah, I had a few bigger and smaller problems with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but I had a fun time watching it, and that's cool.
This is a solid, entertaining and well acted drama comedy film that relies on a very good cast of actors and a solid script to tell a memorable story. I found the film to be very enjoyable and the cast; direction and pacing are all top notch. The film blends two genre elements into one film, and director John Madden delivers an entertaining picture that manages to grab your attention from the moment it starts. Although mot great in its ideas, the cast here are what keeps thing entertaining and captivating in order for you to keep watching. The film works quite well, and is a terrific genre film, that at times could have been better, but for the most…
I think I'm too young for this movie
Solid 50+ hygge.
There is some great cinematography and set pieces present; and there are some good performances and moments of humor. But "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", in my opinion, is a boring, dull, and uninteresting movie for the first two acts, but it regains it's footing in the last act. It isn't really bad, but it's not good. I was just not interested.
Arguably the cresting wave of the ‘silver’ box office phenomenon, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel brings together some of the UK’s finest (including a puppyish Dev Patel) under the gossamer light direction of Shakespeare in Love’s John Madden. Alighting on themes of mortality and regret (not to mention joy and new beginnings) with the most featherweight of touches, BEMH is an irresistible treat, whether you’re a retired silver fox or young enough to have lost hope that you’ll ever be allowed to retire.
A lovely film full of lovely British actors being lovely. And Maggie Smith playing a racist.
It moves with a snail pace, but the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has a great script with funny jokes, even better acting, and a story that you fall in love with. The character interaction makes up for the snail pace, because you just want to keep watching them interact. Sure, it's something we've seen before, but that doesn't mean I can't like it.
Unlike the titular establishment, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is exactly what you expect — as good as the marvelous cast can make it, and not much better than that.
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