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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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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A fine film that adults can enjoy. I say this as it is clearly geared towards a middle age or older audience. It's cute and fun and has plenty of drama to keep folks entertained, but aside from its star power, I wouldn't say it's terribly original.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Old people are funny! I had to rewind early on to hear the hilarious line "Everything will be great in the end and if it is not yet great then it is not yet the end." I didn't need to rewind though. They repeat the line four or so times. Regardless it's a sweet film with great dialogue.
Alright, so it's a total "mom movie" (that, yes, I watched with my Mom), but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining. With a cast this good you'd have to actively work at making something terrible.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a surprisingly entertaining, and surprisingly funny film that despite being rather formulaic wins the audience over (even the non-mothers in the audience) through its wit and charm.
It's most definitely a half hour to forty-five minutes too long, and I will admit that by the second half I had kind of checked out (no pun intended) but found myself dipping back in every couple minutes to see if Dame Judi and Bill would get together, or what racist and…
Better and less cliched and farcical than I expected and quite well done.
Ultimately a little too predictable in the end, but still a load of fun getting there.
The characters are well thought out and delivered with the exception of the Indian Manager/Mother/Girlfriend which felt a little too 'moulded' onto the westernised ideal of love, destiny and free will.
Tom Wilkinson was great and unexpected, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy very cute and great together. Penelope Wilton knows how to annoy, which was the point of her, and Maggie Smith putting a human face and reason on racism was quite enlightening, though obviously she would meet her own arc at coming around to the more human aspects of India.
My only complaint would be that the arc and the ends of them were very obvious, perhaps cliches or maybe just 'standards' like old Jazz records.
Still as funny and as moving as I remember it being first time around. That Tom Wilkinson character has such a great little arc.
All star cast of old British actors hang out with British actor Dev Patel who puts on an Indian accent in a nice enough little comedy that makes getting old seem less scary.
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is full of great performances and moments of sweetness and hilarity, and feels kind of like "Love Actually" had it been set in India and about seniors.
Each actor has excellent scenes, though my favorites are Maggie Smith as the stereotypically racist outsider who is sent to India pretty much against her will so she can have an operation, and Tom Wilkinson as a judge who grew up and fell in love with a man in India 40 years ago and has now come back for the first time in search of him.
Dev Patel is also great as the optimistic yet unlucky owner of the titular hotel, who spends most of the film trying…
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