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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.
It’s a good thing that those poor Indian folk have Maggie Smith to step up to the plate, take charge, put things right, and do it properly.
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…
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:</b See it.
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…
very cute movie
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (candidate for most adjectives in a movie title, behind the second film?) is a veritable who's who of British actors and it serves as a showcase for some fantastic performances.
They did a very good job of giving most of the characters their own emotional arcs; given the size of the cast that is no mean feat. Judi Dench stars as a widow trying to get herself together again at this hotel in India. She encounters her ex-husband Bill Nighy and his wife Penelope Wilton. Then you've got Maggie Smith as a racist old lady that has to go to India for surgery. Dev Patel is a perpetually optimistic man that runs the somewhat dilapidated…
I remembered I liked this movie well enough...and that was it.
Like the narration of India itself this movie is an assault on the senses. From the setting to the characters there is a lot of wild contrast. Some of the stories I liked better then others. Some of the characters I connected with more. Individually it's a bit hit or miss but when you combine all the ingredients it becomes a splendid experience. There is a lot to like here, and some of it breaks my heart. Some may say that it's a bit cliche at parts. That may be true but this was a fun experience and I look forward to watching it again in the future.
Unique film about self discovery and journeying through a very different place.
I have to admit, I just love this film - OK I'm a fully paid member of the Grey Pound market for whom it's intended - and having visited the setting of Jaipur, that's a bonus.
However all the cast of National Treasures are wonderful, the cinematography is sublime and the music gorgeous.
Even the sequel was excellent
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Would recommend to a friend. I heard about this film from my father and stepmother, who both have experience living abroad and recommended it as poignant, hilarious and an accurate depiction of the challenge of living abroad. I have seen very few films in mainstream cinema that show the lives of retirees so this was another element of the film that originally grabbed my attention.
The film opens introducing each character separately with each of them facing struggles and loneliness at home in England. One by one they hear about 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' and all meet at the airport in Mumbai. When arriving in Mumbai airport and travelling to the Hotel, the filmmakers make use of quick cuts…
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This was the first time I watched the film but the opening was really engaging as all the characters were introduced one after the other. I thought this was really effective because it kept up the pace, which I think is a necessity at the start of a film. The frequent cuts to the next character emphasised the link and key theme connecting them all: they were all recently retired and looking for a new adventure to distract them from their everyday lives. The introduction was interesting as it focused on the theme of illness and death, however over the course of the film this theme works backwards and their lives become more fulfilled. As the trip approaches, the cuts…
I did not expect to love this SO much. I think the lost lover story just really killed me here. So good and so heartbreaking, but also optimistic and I was cheering so hard for everyone. Really excellent, feel-good performances.
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