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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…
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…
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.
A movie targeted at seniors that deals with the real issues that they face in honest and respectful ways.
The film opens a bit shaky. Strangers in the Night is heard on the soundtrack as we pull back to see Judi Dench struggling to understand the Indian tech support lady on the phone. Then we get the overtly racist character played by Maggie Smith. I was wondering what I had gotten myself into.
Then something kind of miraculous happened. The film found its stride and really began telling a compelling story with actual characters that could exist in the real world.
All of the characters are English and they all have to go to India for various reasons, most of…
Stellar cast, just absolutely great bunch of classic characters. The light of India, you could almost feel the heat and the smell in the chaotic streets traveling in a tuk-tuk. However, the best parts were shown in the trailer already and at some point it got a tiny bit dull.
To be honest the only reason we watched this is that no so long ago we spent 2.5 months in India including Jaipur (where this is set and Udaipur (where the cast visit).
Although we enjoyed the glimpses of those cities, the film itself is actually pretty good. It's great to see the ensemble cast of veteran British actors like Judy Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton sparking off each other, along with youngster Dev Patel as the owner of the ramshackle hotel.
Each character gets their own, often quite suprising, story and it was good to see both the good and bad of India portrayed, along with unsanitised takes on old colonial views.
Whilst this didn't grab me it's a nice film and I wouldn't be suprised if I end up watching the sequel.
my mum made me watch this
Charming, if slight.
Watching this, I realized Cousin Violet from Downton is also in Shawn of the Dead.
There are certain films that you expect to be so unspeakably bad that when they are merely dreadful it comes as a relief. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was such a film for me. I went because my partner wanted to see it, but having seen the trailer I knew it ticked all my boxes signifying awful: a British feel-good comedy starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. I expected a certain smugness, a certain complacency. But it starts off OK. We are introduced to a series of elderly English people, all at some sort of turning point in their lives and they all head off to a hotel in Jaipur. (The Maggie Smith character is shown as racist – although…
Someone take me to India, please.
It has a good cast and they really hold it up. The script is fairly by the numbers, but it's enjoyable nevertheless. A fun watch.
This film brought a very touching story from a great cast!
[Originally written upon the release of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.]
Whether as a bustling world of 1.2 billion people or as a place of intriguing and stoic spirituality, India is no doubt a country of vast impressions and significance. In John Madden’s comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, it is adopted as a setting of exotic pilgrimage, where the film’s white, middle-class, elderly characters discover and transform themselves, resolve their problems (both past and present) and confront their growing sense of mortality.
Based on the book These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, the story follows seven retired strangers who travel to Jaipur to stay at the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, ran by a hapless, though eternally optimistic, young man…
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