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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Share the journey. Share the laughter.
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.
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.
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…
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…
Funny, optimistic and heart-warming.
Painfully shows some of the most difficult hardships in life such as heartbreak, grief, failing relationships and forbidden romance, while also letting us know there's always hope and it'll always be okay in the end.
Although perhaps a bit hollow at times, and occasionally the cast feels wasted, it does what it sets out to do.
A charming film with great performances.
Part of **No Re-Watch November 2012**.
You don't put Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith into a film and not expect at least 3.5 stars from me. (Had they thrown in Jim Broadbent, I might have rated it 4 stars before I even saw it. I'm such a fanboy of these actors.)
And of course, they all exceed expectations here -- with special commendations to Nighy and Wilkinson. They're funny and tragic and sad and wise as a crew of retirees who end up at a retirement hotel in India ("for the elderly and beautiful") for various reasons and with varying results. The fact that young Dev Patel carves out his own character and makes a mark…
Beautifully observed and acted (you would expect nothing less with this cast) this is a wonderful comedy drama, with real character development and interaction (positive and negative, just like real life) throughout.
While it is nothing groundbreaking it features a fantastic cast who all act brilliantly, looks great in the setting in India, has a decent story and has plenty of laughs. The only other reservation I have about it is some parts of the score seemed to drown out the voice over parts.
Adorable pero no es para nada buena como podría haberlo sido, de hecho requirió mucha fuerza de voluntad para poder verla hasta el final.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Some really nice things in this film.
But in the end, it does not quite achieve what it could have.
The premise is wonderful - aging Brits go to India to retire.
The relationships are quite good. Some of the world's best actors are found in this film.
Yet, it doesn't quite fulfill its potential.
Especially disappointing: the cartoon-like characterization of the Dev Patel character.
I heard there's a sequel coming soon. I think I'll give that one a miss.
Por regla general, los británicos tienen más idea de realizar comedias afables, pastelosas y que podría ver hasta tu abuela de derechas (lo que quiero decir es que la peli es bastante pocha para la portada que tiene)
Pero ni siquiera los british pueden convertir la mierda en chocolate.
P.D: Eso último no era un chiste racista.
Una reverenda gilipollez.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a delightfully funny fish-out-of-water comedy with a cast made up of the who's who of British acting royalty.
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy, to name a few, head up the cast that have a fun time and this really transpires to the audience.
Very funny and often quite touching, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is an example of the classic saying; 'Never judge a book by its cover'.
A delightfully sweet British comedy-drama directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker will make laugh while enjoying the colourful settings in India. Based on the 2004 novel, These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach, the film features an extraordinary ensemble cast, with Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton, as a group of British retirees staying in an ancient retirement hotel in Jaipur.
The whole story was introduced by advertisements about the newly restored Marigold Hotel and given false dreams of a life of leisure. Of course, when they arrive at the hotel, they discover that the new environment is less luxurious than imagined... but that is where the…
Was für ein wundervoller Film!
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